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Peer Mentor Training Offered to Help Youth With Special Needs

New Providence Recreation will host a peer mentor training class for those wishing to assist as Peer Mentor volunteers in TryCAN special needs recreation classes in Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights and other communities.

Eileen Wotanowski, Certified Behaviorist, will provide hands-on training to attendees.  Participants will learn how various disabilities such as aspergers, autism, ADHD, visual and hearing impairments and physical impairments impact how children play and learn.  They will learn how to effectively interact with them and learn techniques to help these children have enjoyable recreation experiences.

A certificate of completion and two community service hours will be awarded to attendees.  Trainees who go on to mentor in TryCAN programs will not only obtain community service credit for their time spent mentoring, but will gain valuable leadership and teaching skills while giving back to the community and touching the lives of special children.

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The training class is open to children ages 10 and older.  Parents are also welcome to attend and observe.

The training will be held on Monday, November 12 from 4:30-6:30PM at the New Providence Municipal Center, 360 Elkwood Avenue.  There is a $10 fee for the program.

To register online, go to  The program is listed under New Providence Recreation, 2012-2013 Special Needs & Mentoring. 

Contact the New Providence Recreation Department at or 908-464-4430 with any questions.

TryCAN is a collaboration of Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights and other nearby communities that offer a comprehensive array of recreation programs for children with special needs or those who need special accommodation.  There are no non-resident fees and all are welcome!

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