Join Our Programs
Friends in Action offers a number of programs and activities for young adults that are freshman in high school up to the age of 40. Friends in Action also does community outings, if your interested in further information please contact Heidi Chase or Amanda DeGiovanni for more information.
Basketball Club (Freshman in High School to age 40)
Our Basketball club meets on Mondays from 2:30-4:00 at the Greenleaf Recreation Center as well as the second and forth Thursday of every month. 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: We will announce the time and dates for summer hoops in May!
Bowling (Freshman in High School to age 40)
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.
Dinner Club (Freshman in High School to age 40)
Dinner Club is a social club that combines going out to dinner in our community, healthy eating, paying for individual meals including tip as well as socializing with friends. Participants can sign up a week before the dinner date. The first 10 folks will be accepted, if we can not accept a participant they will be first of the list for the next dinner club. These monthly dinner club nights are very exciting and our participants very much enjoy getting a nice night out on the town. The participant is responsible to cover the cost of their meal. No alcohol will be sever at dinner club.
Dancer-cize (Freshman in High School to age 40)
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 (Freshman in High School to age 40)
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 (Freshman in High School to age 40)
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 40)
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.
Theater Class – Wildcat Friends
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.