The Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a social program for young people ages 18 to 25 diagnosed with autism.
YAP is held on Tuesday evenings throughout the year and participants are encouraged to come and hang out with like-minded peers. The program provides a mix of activities including games nights, active recreation, community activities, social skills development, information sessions and guest speakers… all based on the interests of the group. The goal is to help these young people feel connected with others and be a part of our community. **Visit our news and events page posts for a look at our activities (future and past)**
Participants also have opportunities to volunteer at AOK events and are encouraged to offer suggestions to the AOK Board of Directors about the needs of young adults with autism in our community.
**Note that participants must be independent for self care, or attend with a support person. They should be able to participate in activities with the help of their peers and our young leaders. Our leaders are not able to address individual needs on a regular basis. Also note that we prefer that this be a time for these young people to participate without a parent watching over them!
Thanks to Telus for their $5000 donation to get this program started in 2016.
Thank you to PAFN (Pacific Autism Family Network) for the use of their space rent free in April – June 2019
For 2018, the YAP program was free of charge thanks to our generous donors. **Note that in 2019 there were $8-15 costs to attend some activities.
Telus Ambassadors donated a microwave oven, vacuum and table as items for our meeting space! Thank You!
What: Young Ambassadors Program (YAP)
When: Tuesday 6:30-8:00 pm,
Next Session: Sept 2019 – June 2020
Where: TBA & various sites in the community.
Activities since March 2019: June 26 *Wed* , 2019: Lawn bowling lesson at the Kelowna Club City Park. June 18, 2019: Outdoor sports – badminton etc. June 11, 2019: Exploring Music Evening – using various instruments. June 4, 2019: Dungeons and Dragons @ Kelowna Library. May 28, 2019: Museum Tour. May 21, 2019: YMCA Connects Program information. May 14, 2019: Badminton cancelled due to weather. Had games night instead. May 7, 2019: Dungeons and Dragons. May 5, 2019: Activities at the Kelowna Autism Walk . Ben Lee Park 12-2pm. April 30, 2019: Driving Range – Kelowna World Beat Family Golf. April 23, 2019: coffee/tea & chat at Tim Hortons. April 16, 2019: Board & Video Game Night. April 9, 2019: Kelly O’Bryan’s. April 2, 2019: Dungeons and Dragons. March 26, 2019: Poker Night. March 19, 2019: Laser Tag
To register or receive more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Young Ambassadors in Action!
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