JCC Teen and Young Adult Center

The JCC offers programming in the mainstream of the Jewish community for individuals with special needs. We encourage every interested person with a disability to participate in our programs. The Teen and Young Adult Center at the JCC in Squirrel Hill provides afternoon and summer programming for teens and young adults who face physical, intellectual or mild emotional and behavioral challenges.

Participants must have independent toileting skills and be able to come to the Teen Center room on their own or be dropped off by their parent or caregiver—the JCC does not provide an escort. We provide focused attention to each participant with an emphasis on growth and the development of life skills. Our friends learn the importance of teamwork, independence and relationship-building while enjoying the JCC’s fully equipped meeting rooms, dance studios, gymnasiums and swimming pools. Our facilities provide the appropriate setting for a full and enriching afternoon. Kosher snacks are offered each day. During the summer program we go on field trips to places like Phipps Conservatory, the Frick Historical Center, Forward Lanes for bowling, and more.

Activities are intended to expand participant’s horizons while increasing cognitive, communication, social and physical skills. The activity-filled afternoons offer a nice mix of new and familiar experiences for all participants. Activities vary according to the day of the week. We offer swimming, dancing, singing, music, gym games, art projects, and more.

Teen Center is staffed by caring adults who get to know the participants and are able to respond to their individual needs. Each staff member has worked with the special needs population in a variety of ways and finds creative ways to nurture the participants’ appreciation of art, animals and music.

JCC membership is required to become a member of the Teen and Young Adult Center. Scholarships are available to those who qualify. Please call 412-697-3525 for information.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Meredith Brown at 412-697-3520 or mbrown@jccpgh.org

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