Lakers Youth Foundation YOU GRANT: November 2012

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Congratulations to the Friendship Circle for winning the November 2012 Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant! The Friendship Circle will be invited to a Lakers home game to receive the check on the STAPLES Center court from the Lakers Youth Foundation. Thank you to all five finalists for participating. Check back for more information about the YOU Grant and other information regarding the Lakers Youth Foundation.

Friendship Circle

Mission Statement: The Friendship Circle is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that offers a wide variety of programs geared for special needs children and young adults and their parents and siblings. The creative and innovative programs are designed to foster a unique relationship between community teenagers and the special needs families. The programs range from our Miracle Sports League to Teen Fitness; Making Music to Gymnastics; Sunday Circle to Hangin' with Friends.

Project: "Hangin' with Friends" has three major project objectives:
  • Create a welcoming environment for special needs teens and young adults while developing social, behavioral, and motor skills.

  • Provide the special needs teen and young adult with a regular scheduled social program where they can interact with fellow teens and young adults and learn to develop relationships.

  • Incorporate a community service component, enabling the opportunity for the teens/young adult to learn about community and giving.

Two programs are held per month - "Teen Fitness" and "Monthly Outing". Teen fitness accomplished two of the first three objectives with the added benefit of the young adults being excited about exercise, a major accomplishment for young adults with special needs as most are not self-motivated or keen on exercising. The second program held monthly is an outing to fun and exciting places that engage special needs young adults with their teen volunteers and involve community service.