Yachad Programming Includes All Children and Adults

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Yachad is continuing to provide much-needed programming for children and adults of all ages. We are seeing many new faces as well as familiar ones too. New friendships are forming, and existing ones are strengthening. Yachad’s programming between children, teens, and adults with special needs, along with their mainstream peers, is our recipe for successful and genuine community Inclusion. Welcome to our many new and familiar faces! And a huge, collective thank you and yasher koach to our peer and advisor cohorts, who selflessly dedicate themselves to supporting Yachad’s communal efforts.

Our high school leadership board met last week to discuss upcoming events as well as the recruitment of others. One of the main goals of this board is to recommend, and in some cases, facilitate programming that engenders true camaraderie, is appealing to each demographic, and of course, is fully Inclusive. Our High School Leadership Board co-presidents are Avery Amster & Sarah Levinson. The application deadline for our new GO b’Yachad (GO = Girls Only) Leadership Board recently passed and we’re excited for this new committee to plan and facilitate new opportunities for Inclusion.

Yachad’s Juniors division (6-14 y/o) event at JumpZone Party & Play Center on October 14th was fun for everyone! Members, mainstream peers, and high school board advisors all had a great time playing games and jumping around on a variety of inflatables. Everyone participated in the activities and ate snacks together; teamwork and fun were on full display. 30 people attended this fun event and a wonderful time was had by all!

Our Seniors & Rayim divisions (15-22 & 23-40+ y/o) had an amazing turnout for the Chicago Wolves vs. Milwaukee Admirals AHL hockey game. They enjoyed the game and socializing, despite the 5-4 (OT) loss to the Admirals. More than 50 members, peers and advisors were in attendance. Local celebrity Wayne Messmer’s rendition of the National Anthem and a high-tech pyrotechnics show rounded out the highlights.

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