Join Our Programs
Friends in Action offers a number of programs and activities for people ages 15-35. Friends in Action also does community outings, if your interested in further information please contact Heidi Chase or Amanda Fawcett for more information.
Basketball Club (ages 15-35)
Our Basketball club meets on Mondays from 2:30-4:00 at the Greenleaf Recreation Center. No matter what abilities participants bring to the court, the games are all about passing, teamwork and supporting each other for fun pick-up style games. During Mondays we also have Dancer-cize (see below)
Summer Basketball: At the *NEW Connie Bean Center, 155 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth. Monday’s 4:00-5:30pm and Wednesday’s 4:00-5:30pm
Bowling (ages 15-35)
Bowling meets twice a month on the first and third Thursday. Participants bowl, socialize, and encourage others at this popular game. Bowling takes place at Bowl-O-Rama in Portsmouth from 6:00-7:30. Participants bowl as many games as possible during this time with four people to a lane. The cost includes shoes and bowling at $7.50 per person.
Cooking Club (ages 15-35)
Cooking Club is a social club that combines following directions and working with others to achieve a healthy meal for the entire group. Participants make the meal, help serve each other and do clean up together. These monthly cooking nights are themed around a specific country. One month it’s Mexican food, while the next it might be Italian. The cost is $5.00 per person to cover food supplies. Parents love it because there is always dessert at pick-up.
Dancer-cize (ages 15-35)
Stretching and waking up bodies for some free-flowing and fun dancing is what dancercise is all about. Dancercise is led by energetic staff who love to dance. With innovative dance steps such as ribbon dancing and the ever so popular “shout” dance, participants leave tired but excited for the next session. This class is designed to get heart rates up and people smiling.
Friday Night Social (ages 15-35)
Friday Night Social is a gathering of young people from many different area towns. Participants play basketball, dance to music provided by a DJ, make craft projects, play games, eat pizza and socialize. University of New Hampshire students volunteer regularly. Friday Night Social is Friends in Action’s most popular program, with 60-80 people participating regularly.
Movie Night (ages 15-35)
Twice a month a group of young adults meet at Regal Fox Run Stadium 15 on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month to enjoy a good movie and some popcorn together. Movie for the week is posted on the calendar a few days before the movie date. The information is also emailed if you sign up for the movie email list. Participants are greeted at the door by a staff member and can be assisted in the purchase of their movie ticket. All participants are encouraged to sign up for the Regal Crown Card which comes at no cost to the public. Having this card earns the individual points towards future free movie ticket as well as $2.00 small popcorn purchases on Tuesday nights. Movies are generally around 7:00 p.m. and families are welcome to stay and view the movie along with the group.
Wildcat Friends (ages High School Graduate to 35)
Wildcat Friends allows young adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience college. On Wednesdays from 3:00 – 7:00, students with disabilities come to campus to experience a class geared towards their specific interests, a recreation activity, and a dining hall experience. UNH students from the various departments are involved in activities.
The overall goal of Wildcat Friends is for young adults with disabilities to experience college in a meaningful and stimulating way that would allow them to interact and make friends with college students, discover a lifelong love of learning, and have an experience that is typical of their peers. Wildcat Friends is a fee-based program with limited enrollment. To be considered for this program, participants must be involved in other Friends Project activities for at least 6-12 months. This program was featured by New Hampshire Chronicle, watch the episode.
Current news and information is published in our photo gallery. For Fall 2009 through 2010, view our old blog at www.wildcatfriends.blogspot.com.
Show Choir class involves singing and moving to popular songs, culminating in a performance that will open for the Wildcat Friends Theater Production. In addition to learning songs and memorizing lyrics, participants will work on vocal and breathing exercises to get the most power out of their voice, as well as healthy vocal production
The end of the semester Theater production is a highlight of each semester at UNH. After three month of practice, participants put on a show for family, friends and UNH students. Each show is unique, with participants picking their favorite songs to work with. Theater is more than just acting, song and dance, however. Theater helps participants with self-confidence, speech and communication skills. Some participants are more talkative and more interactive with family members and friends since being involved in theater.