Connecting Kids with Disabilities and Neurotypical Students Through Online Games and Conversations

Connecting Kids with Disabilities and Neurotypical Students Through Online Games and Conversations

Connecting Kids with Disabilities and Neurotypical Students Through Online Games and Conversations

How It Works

Sign ups

Each week, volunteers are sent a Google sheet and participants are emailed a Sign Up Genius link. Scheduling is super flexible. Volunteers and participants can sign up for as many or as few days as they like each week.

Buddies

After signing up for a session, participants and volunteers are paired up ahead of time based on age, gender, and compatibility. Although we try to keep buddies together (if desired), we sometimes have to switch them due to scheduling conflicts.

Zoom

On our Zooms, buddies are put into individual breakout rooms where they have one-on-one conversations and play games with one another.

Our Goal

We hope to help develop lasting relationships between our buddies!

Our Team

Julia Sansing

Founder & Manager

Julia is a junior in high school. She decided to start Friend in Me after she saw how hard it was for her brother to get social opportunities with neurotypical peers. She loves getting to know all the new kids that join.

Layla Chammas

Manager of Volunteer Support

Layla is a junior in high school. She has made many friendships with kids through Friend in Me and is so glad to be part of this organization.

Drew Sansing

Assistant Manager

As the twin brother of a kid with disabilities, Drew has a lifetime of experience in building connections with those who have verbal and/or social challenges. Drew enjoys hanging out with all of his buddies on Friend in Me.

FAQs

Can I request a volunteer?

Absolutely! We try to pair individuals who we think would be good buddies, but please let us know if you want a specific person.

As a volunteer or participant, can I sign up multiple times a week?

Yes! You can sign up for any available slots.

If my buddy doesn't arrive on time, what happens?

If your buddy is late, we will keep you in the waiting room until he/she arrives. If he/she is unable to join, we will try to pair you with somebody else.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you can't make it to a Zoom you are already signed up for, we request that you let us know a minimum of 24 hours in advance so we can find another buddy to replace you.

Can I always expect to get the same buddy?

We do our best to keep buddies together every week. However, scheduling conflicts may force us to switch them around. If you are signed up for more than one Zoom on a particular week, you are most likely not going to get the same buddy every day.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to email us at

info@friendinmegroup.org

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