Making a difference in the lives of children!


(38.7438,-121.182495)
 

Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

Various schools in and around Placer & SacramentoCounties(some volunteer opportunities at office)Granite Bay, CA 95746

Everyone was listening to the opening remarks. In this photo we are helping the students understand that if you needed a brace or shoe like this, you are still the same person inside... plus there are many things you can still do... maybe just a little different or with a different tool.

About

Our third through twelfth grade in-school program is a powerful three-hour, character-building workshop. We guilde students through experiences in which they build life skills that enable them to understand and relate to people with disabilities. These results in a reduction of incidences of isolation and bullying for disabled individuals, and those viewed as different for any reason. The ATOU team of volunteers travels throughout the Sacramento region bringing this program to schools. The message of the program is introduced by a facilitator, followed by a video of people with disabilities involved in various sports and everyday activities. Students reflect on their own challenges and abilities, are frequently surprised to discover the similarities between themselves and persons with disabilities. Then they spend an hour at activity stations where they learn to use a wheelchair and white cane, write their names in Braille, handle artificial limbs and experience the sensations of having a learning disability and autism. The students then get to meet people with disabilities (both youth and adults) who describe their lives, their challenges, and how they achieve their goals. Students have ninety minutes to interact with these volunteers, get to know them personally, and ask questions, some of which might be inappropriate in other settings. Following the workshop, students are encouraged to sign a poster which is displayed in their classroom declaring, "We are BUDDIES not bullies. We pledge to joint the ATOU team against bullying."

Skills

  • Public Speaking
  • Web Design
  • People Skills
  • Fundraising
  • Public Relations
  • Teaching / Instruction

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • We can work with your schedule
  • We are also looking for speakers with a disability and assistance as our workshops

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