Social clubs for teens and young adults

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Take Flight Clubs

Take Flight Clubs (TFC), a division of 3 Bluebirds Farm, are a host of community-based programs for teens & young adults with intellectual and developmental learning differences to build social skills, community and life-long friendships in a loving and supportive environment. 

 

The uniqueness of our programs is that we adjust to the changing needs of our participants. Our goal is to deliver services that support the unique needs of teens with social differences.

 

3 Bluebirds Farm offers opportunities to practice life skills and social skills through our Take Flight Clubs:

Pizza & Movie Nights at the farm

Bowling

Cooking Classes

Art, Music & Dance

Gardening

Holiday Events

Restaurant Outings  

Volunteer Days -- Giving Back to the Community

And much more as our programs continue to expand! 

If this is your child’s first time participating then we must have an application packet on file, so please click on the link below and fill out all information and submit. The link will automatically take you to 3 forms upon submitting: Application, COVID-19 Protocols, and our Agritourism & Equine Waivers. Note: We must have all completed Information before you can register your child for a program. Thank you!

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2. Register for the next Event

We need all new and returning families to register for EACH Take Flight Club if you wish for your teen to participate. Please click on the appropriate link below to register your teen.

Group A:
Saturday, October 7th

In October we are taking Take Flight Club on the road!  Utilizing public transportation will be a needed yet potentially anxiety-producing necessity for many of our participants in the future.  Our friends at GoTriangle are providing us with a bus so that we may have the experience and become a bit more familiar with public transportation.

 

We will meet, sign in and catch the bus at 11:45a-12:00pm at Plaza West, 5563 Western Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27606 (Harris Teeter Shopping Center).  We will ride the bus to Southpoint Mall and enjoy a pizza lunch at a restaurant and then return to Plaza West, 5563 Western Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27606 for pickup at 2:30pm.

Cost: $45 per person

Place: 553 Western Blvd, Raleigh, 27606 (HT Shopping Center)

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test within 48 hours of each TFC event is required from all participants prior to entry. Once proof of vaccination has been shown, we will keep the

documentation on file for future events. 

If you are not able or willing to show either proof of vaccine or a negative test, we’ll accept your polite decline and hope to find a future time to gather safely. We say this with respect and love, as our ultimate goal is to help keep our loved ones safe.

your teen or young adult must meet Group A Criteria in order to participate in Take flight clubs:

Due to lack of participation, we have had to make the sad decision to discontinue Take Flight Clubs for Group B (autism 3). We understand that you know your child the best and we feel confident that you know whether or not your child will gain a meaningful experience from a social club for Group A participants. However, we fully understand that there are individuals who "fall in the middle," and if you need our guidance in helping you with your decision, we are more than happy to help. If you have questions or need additional information, please don't hesitate to give us a call. 

Group A (Autism 1 & 2)

Criteria for Group A Participants (teen or young adult on the autism spectrum demonstrates all of the following):

  • Does not require a 1:1 aide. 

  • Does not eat inedible objects (Pica)

  • Ability to participate in activities without disruptive behaviors that interrupt the event.

  • Can be paired with other participants.

  • Willingness and ability to participate in group activities that require conversational skills.

  • Ability to follow verbal directions.

  • Usually is able to verbalize wants and needs.

  • Independence in all daily living skills (toileting, eating, dressing).

  • Ability to remain in open space without wandering or running.

Group B (Autism 3)

(TFC no longer offered, due to lack of interest)

Criteria for Group B participants (teen or young adult on the autism spectrum who demonstrates some or most of the following):

  • Is non-verbal, or mostly non-verbal, and does not consistently respond to requests or instructions.

  • Is unable to participate in a reciprocal conversation with others and/or answer open-ended questions.

  • Requires 1:1 supervision at all or most times.

  • Unable to verbalize wants and needs.

  • Tendency to wander or run away. 

  • Noise sensitivity, or tendency to become easily over-stimulated and stressed.

  • Tendency to have “meltdowns.”