Teen Inclusive Programs

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Make lasting friendships, foster new relationships, join a team, and be an active member in an inclusive community that cares. There are a range of options for teens of all abilities, including those with developmental and/or learning disabilities, to find a community of their peers where they can explore their individual interests. Programs are developed to support teens with communication and learning differences in an inclusive environment. 

Virtual Transitions

Transitions is a social program designed for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum or with communication or learning differences and with a high potential for independence. Thursday evenings during the academic year, participants meet virtually to engage in activities, in order to build friendships and emphasize independence and the acquisition of life skills. Participants’ interests help to shape the program and the activities offered. In order to ensure that Transitions classes are composed of a group of individuals who will optimally benefit from the program, a brief intake process is required.

This program is crafted to support verbal and visual learners. For more information or to begin the intake conversation, please contact Julie Singer. Online registration is open to continuing members.


In-Person + Virtual Travel Tuesday

Join us in person at the JCC or virtually on Zoom for our hybrid Travel Tuesday (former Worldly Wednesday) program! This semester, we will be exploring food, music, sites, and cultures around the world.

This program is crafted to support verbal and visual learners. For more information and to ensure the program is a good fit, please contact Julie Singer.  


Virtual Teen Game Night

Join us every Tuesday this fall for games and skill building! Participants will learn how to play games and practice positive communication skills required for them. Teens will walk away with confidence in their ability to play games with peers!

This program is crafted to support verbal and visual learners. For more information and to ensure the program is a good fit, please contact Julie Singer.


In-Person Girls' Night Out

In Girls’ Night Out, young adults (ages 14–21) of all abilities learn to build friendships with other young women, work on self-confidence, and practice communication skills. Participants are taught about planning, compromise, working as a team, and decision-making. Group members practice these skills by choosing weekly activities, which include karaoke, dance parties, watching movies, yoga, art, and more!

This program is crafted to support verbal and visual learners. Interested in learning more, please contact Julie Singer. All participants will need an intake before joining the group.


In-Person Teen Service Corps Powered by Repair the World

Repair the World offers teens and young adults opportunities to create and engage in service experiences infused with Jewish learning and reflection. Join your peers for this dynamic opportunity for impactful volunteering and educational opportunities in your community.

This program is crafted to support verbal and visual learners. For more information and to ensure the program is a good fit, please contact Julie Singer.


All of our inclusive teen programs are open to the broader community.

For more information, please email Julie Singer.

Transitions is supported by NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Girls Night Out is supported by the New York City Council's Autism Initiative.

Help us continue to ensure accessible programming for everyone. Please support Special Needs programming at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.