Programs for Children with Special Needs

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Special Events

Sports & Fitness with Friends (ages 4-18)

On Sunday, March 29th, from 11:00am-2:00pm, children ages 4-18 with special needs are invited to "Sports & Fitness with Friends," a sports day on the JCC athletic field. Participants will enjoy baseball, basketball, tennis and soccer on the JCC's athletic field. Each child will be paired with a volunteer and will rotate among the activities. Parents and siblings (ages 4-18) are welcome to attend. There will be special activities for siblings, including bounce houses and games. Lunch will be served.

Cost: FREE. You don't have to be a JCC member to attend this event.

Space is limited. Please register by March 15th. Click here to register.

Teenagers who would like to volunteer at this event, click here.

For more information, contact Giselle Venema at gisellev@svjcc.org or 408.357.7414.

Ongoing Programs

Fun & Fitness with Friends (ages 6-12 and 13-18)

Fun & Fitness with Friends is a social and recreation program for children and teens with special needs. The program provides a supportive, structured, and nurturing environment to develop new skills and make friends.

Children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including: sports, swimming, arts & crafts, cooking, dance/movement, and more.

Each child is paired with a trained volunteer who assists them and provides one-on-one attention throughout the program.

Winter Session: Sundays, January 4th-March 15th
Price: $175 Full Center Member/Social Member, $200 non-member
Time: Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm

Spring Session: Sundays, April 12th-June 7th*
Price: $140 Full Center Member/Social Member, $160 non-member
Time: Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm* No class 4/3, 4/17

Please note, Fun and Fitness with Friends offers two separate programs, each geared towards the needs of different age groups.

  • Youth Fun and Fitness with Friends is for children ages 6 to 12. The Youth Program, located solely on-site at the JCC, offers physical, social and creative events. 
  • Teen Fun and Fitness with Friends is for ages 13 to 18. In addition to offering creative, social and physical offerings, teens engage in the community by participating in field trips to various nearby locations. Some of our past field trips have been to Cambrian Bowl, The Tech Museum, Golfland, Vasona Park and others.

Space is limited. To register your child for the program, contact Josh Glincher at josh@svjcc.org or 408.357.7447. 

You can also fill out the registration form and assessment form and submit via fax (408.358.7311) or via scan email (preferred) to annieh@svjcc.org or josh@svjcc.org. You also have the option to register online.


Volunteer Opportunities

One of Fun and Fitness with Friends’ greatest strengths is our team of volunteer “Buddies” who work one on one with our incredible children and teens.

 Benefits of Volunteering:
In addition to making friends and making a real difference in the life of other children, volunteers also benefit with a free membership to the JCC during the length of the program, high school students can earn community service hours, and job seekers and college bound individuals can earn skills and experience.

 Volunteer “Buddy” Requirements:
Must be 15 years old or older, must commit to working Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30pm for the extent of the program, ability to lift 50 lbs, ability to be on feet for long periods of time, and must submit to a LiveScan fingerprinting and background check.

 If you're interested in becoming a volunteer for this program, please complete and return the Volunteer Form via fax (408.358.7311) or via scan e-mail (preferred) to josh@svjcc.org.


Related Documents

Financial assistance is available to attend Fun & Fitness with Friends, through the generosity of the Arnie Addison Scholarship Fund. Click here to apply.

The APJCC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that welcomes everyone. We rely on generous donations to continue serving our community and those in need. A beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and a proud member of the JCC Association of North America. This website copyright 2015 Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley.

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