Youth & Adult Program (YAP)

The goal of YAP is to provide a place for our members to socialize while enjoying a variety of activities. This group helps members develop social skills, build friendships, and support participation in community activities.

Interested? Email yapleader@autismokanagan.ca to learn more & register.

The Youth & Adult Program consists of clubs that focus on a certain skill or activity. There is currently the Social Club, Outdoor Club, Cooking Club and Tabletop Club. Activities are catered toward our members’ interests.

All YAP Club schedules are on our Events Calendar – see to the right on this page or on our news and events page https://autismokanagan.ca/news-events/.

YAP Clubs are currently for ages 19 and over with hopes of expanding to younger ages. To express interest in YAP for younger ages, please email info@autismokanagan.ca to let us know.

YAP Social Club: Member driven social activities.

YAP Social Club is a member driven program meaning the social activities we do are chosen by our members through polls and suggestions. There are a variety of activities that explore the online and Kelowna community. Social Club starts on Wednesdays at 6:00pm, though starting time can change.

YAP Outdoor Club: Physical activities

YAP Outdoor Club is a member driven outdoor and sport activity group that participates in a variety of physical activities. From bike rides to hiking, any fitness level is welcome. YAP Outdoor Club is held on Thursdays, starting at 2:00pm or 6:00pm.  

YAP Cooking Club: Cooking Recipes and Lessons.

YAP Cooking Club is a member driven cooking lesson hosted by a YAP facilitator, guest chefs, or a YAP member. The recipes are varied ranging from breakfast to desserts. YAP Cooking Club is held on Zoom every Friday starting at 6:00pm. The length of the cooking lesson will last as long as the cooking process requires.

YAP Tabletop Club: Tabletop cafe, DnD and boardgames.

YAP Tabletop Club is a social group to learn and play tabletop games and go on epic adventures of Dungeons and Dragons. We hang out at a Tabletop Cafe or online on Discord. YAP Tabletop Club is held on Saturdays starting at 6:00pm. This club is both in-person and online.

Cost: Occasional $5-20 fees to cover the costs of some activities

Age limit: 19 and above

Main location: We will be based online for the duration of COVID-19 and locations will change for in-person activities.  Some of the platforms we use are Zoom, Discord, Roll20, and Steam.

Registration: To register or receive more information, please fill out the registration forms and waivers on the website. If you have any questions please email us at  yapleader@autismokanagan.ca  or  info@autismokanagan.ca. One of the facilitators will contact you and set up a virtual meeting to answer any questions and see if YAP is a good fit for you – if so, our leaders will help you become a member.

Please note that YAP members must either be independent for self-care and safety or attend with a support person. They should be able to participate in activities with the intermittent help of their peers and our young leaders. Our leaders are not able to address individual needs on a continuous basis. Parents and support workers are welcome to attend for support if needed, with the hopes that as the year progresses the participant becomes more independent and comfortable attending on their own. 

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 adults with autism in our community.

COVID-19 Update: We provide a variety of in-person, online, and virtual activities that follow the AOK COVID-19 Safety Plan. To ensure attendees, volunteers/staff, and families stay healthy and safe, Autism Okanagan (AOK) will follow public health recommendations specific to limiting the spread of COVID-19. Vaccines will be mandatory for in-person indoor activities in 2022. Please don’t hesitate to contact our leaders who are available to support you during this time.

Code of Conduct:

  • No swearing
  • Take turns when speaking
  • Always be nice even when you don’t agree
  • Don’t share the things we discuss with people outside of our YAP group
  • Only say things you would say to your grandparent

Thank you our YAP members for following these rules and creating such a welcoming and safe space online. If you have any more ideas or rules please e-mail us back. yapleader@autismokanagan.ca

 YAP respectfully acknowledges that our activities are located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people.

Past Activities

2021 and 2022

Look at our calendar on our News and Events page for past activities

2020

January 6 – Dungeons and Dragons January 13 – Story writing January 20 – Cooking lesson January 27 – Employment information night December 30 – New Years reflections, goals, and photo contest December 23 – Christmas Trivia Night December 16 – Employment Info Night December 9 – Cooking lesson December 2 – Dungeons and Dragons November 11 – Cancelled due to Remembrance Day. November 25 – Online Board Games. November 18 – Online EXIT room. November 18 – Online EXIT room. November 4 – Online Dungeons and Dragons Mad Mage. October 28 – Online Halloween craft. October 21 – Kelowna Corn Maze. October 14 – Online Cooking lesson. October 7 – Hike at Mission Creek Park. Sept 30 – Online move night. Sept 23 – Digital Escape Room September 16 – on line – welcome back; review discord use; online board games. August 19 – beach day. July 29 Online movie night. July 7 – online trivia night. June 24 – online trivia night. June 17 – Dungeons and Dragons. June 3 – Online board game night. May 27 – movie critique. May 20 – online trivia night. May 13 – movie critique. May 6 – Online board game night. April 29 – online cooking lesson. April 22 – movie critique. April 15 – mental health discussion. April 8 – Story writing session.  April 1 – Movie critique. March 25 – virtual meeting and activity. March 11 – Ambassador topic. March 4 – Dungeons and Dragons. Feb 26 – Badminton. Feb 19 – Restaurant. Feb 12 – Board Game night/Gym. Feb 5 – Dungeons and Dragons.   Jan 29 – Introduction to Sword Fighting. Jan 22 – Public skating. Jan 15 – Guest Speaker Joanne Poole Discussion on friendship and dating skills.  Jan 8 – Dungeons and Dragons.  

2019

December 18 – EXIT room. December 11 – Badminton and crafts. December 4 – Dungeons and Dragons. November 27 – Basketball and craft night. November 20 – Bowling at BNA Brewing Company and Eatery. November 13 – Music at Glenmore Elementary. There will be stations to try a variety of instruments and a gym for a quiet space. Bring an instrument if you want … or plan to play us your favourite song and tell us why you like it. November 6 – Dungeons and Dragons and character building with our guest Dungeon Masters. Even if you’ve never played, come and join. There will be beginners and experienced players. Oct 30 – Halloween Extravaganza (dress up if you want!) Games, candy, pumpkin carving. Oct 23 – Chess Night. There will also be access to the gym at Martin Center. Oct 16 – Kelowna Corn Maze. Details via email. Oct 9 – Poker Night, Games, Gym time at Martin Center. Oct 2 – World Beat Family Golf – driving range. Sept 25 – Frisbee Golf at the base of Knox Mountain. Sept 18 – Board Games. Sept 11 – Beach Day. Sept 4 – Registration and games. June 26 – Lawn bowling lesson at the Kelowna Club City Park.   June 18 – Outdoor sports – badminton etc. June 11 – Exploring Music Evening – using various instruments.  June 4 – Dungeons and Dragons @ Kelowna Library.   May 28 – Museum Tour.  May 21 – YMCA Connects Program information.   May 14 – Badminton cancelled due to weather. Had games night instead.   May 7 – Dungeons and Dragons.   May 5 – Activities at the Kelowna Autism Walk. Ben Lee Park 12-2pm.  April 30 – Driving Range – Kelowna World Beat Family Golf.  April 23 – coffee/tea & chat at Tim Hortons.   April 16 – Board & Video Game Night.  April 9 – Kelly O’Bryan’s.  April 2 – Dungeons and Dragons.  March 26 – Poker Night.   March 19 – Laser Tag

YAP participants with Telu Ambassadors Donation at new office

A big thank you to Telus for their $5000 donation to get this program started in 2016. Telus Ambassadors also donated a microwave oven, vacuum and table as items for our meeting space. We appreciate you Telus!