Social clubs for teens and young adults

Learning to Fly

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Take Flight Clubs

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test within 48 hours of TFC 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.

3 Bluebirds Farm kindly asks that all participants wear a mask.

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, September 10th

This month we are bringing the fun back to the farm. In addition to creating beautiful birdhouses, we will join Five Hearts Therapeutic Horse Horsemanship (located at 3BBF) for an afternoon of learning about horse care. Participants will enjoy sensory activities along with grooming and riding. After completing and submitting the required form Five Hearts from the link below, please register. See you on the 10th!

Cost: $35 per person

Place: 3 Bluebirds Farm / Five Hearts Therapeutic Horsemanship

1001 Horse Creek Rd, Raleigh, 27603

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:

Our goal is to provide a social club that is fun and meaningful for each participant. After hosting over 4 years of Take Flight Clubs, our observations quickly led us to realize that we could provide a better, more enjoyable experience for participants by organizing activities into two different groups. However, due to lack of participation, we have had to make the sad decision to discontinue Take Flight Clubs for Group B. 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

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

(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.”