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PCDA Teen Buddies

Teen Buddies meets twice a week, once on Wednesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm at PCDA, and Saturdays in the community from 10:00am-12:00pm.

For more information, please contact Katie Schinnerer at (626) 793-7350 x 257

Teen Buddies is a socialization training program for teens between the ages of 13 and 17 years old with moderate social and communication challenges. If you would like to make new friends, plan your own activities and service projects, and get out into the community, then TEEN BUDDIES is the place to be!

The teens choose and plan their own mix of fun and learning activities, with the facilitation of PCDA staff.  Our aim is to support independence and confidence in the community, provide life skills and socialization training, explore pre-vocational interests, and have lots of fun with friends!

Activities Include:

  • Community Service projects such as cleaning up parks, caring for animals, visiting the elderly and planting gardens or trees.
  • Socialization activities such as throwing a party, going out to eat with friends, or having a picnic in the park.
  • Vocational activities based on individual interests such as learning to cook, exploring nature, visiting interactive exhibits, museums, libraries and more!

Shared pleasurable activities provide an important foundation for building trust and bonding relationships. Teen Buddies is designed for teens with moderate communication and social challenges that are able to function with 1:3 support in small groups and stay together in the community. Should it be determined that your teen requires 1:1 support to participate in the program and remain safe while in the community, Teen Buddies staff will request support from a parent, friend, or volunteer in order to maintain their safety and engagement with peers. Parents provide transportation to all activities.

Teen Buddies is vendored with Regional Centers, Vendor # PD1874, SVC 028.