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TryCAN MLK Day Events for Youth with Special Needs and Youth Volunteers

January 9, 2014 at 1:37 PM

SUMMIT, NJ - Summit Community Programs and the Summit PAL will be hosting a TryCAN Movie and Dance Party on January 20 from 2:30 - 4 p.m. at the Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Avenue.

Children with special needs, their siblings and families are welcome to join us for a showing of the film "Everyone’s Hero" on the big screen along with music and dancing before the movie.  Trained volunteer teen Peer Mentors will be on hand to supervise the kids and help them have a great time.  RSVP or questions at  Special thanks to the Summit PAL for financial support for this event which is offered as part of Summit ’s 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.  The TryCAN Collaboration of communities offers an array of recreation programs for youth with special needs, with teen volunteer Peer Mentors assisting these youth in becoming successful in recreational activities.  The Summit PAL offers numerous programs throughout the year for the benefit of the youth of Summit to promote activities that foster lifelong health, community spirit and a feeling of goodwill and awareness between the children and police officers.

 TryCAN will also be hosting a hands-on training to those interested in becoming a volunteer Peer Mentor for children with special needs in our local community.  Eileen O’Neill, behaviorist, will help participants explore how various developmental disabilities impact how children play and learn.  Attendees will also learn how to work and interact with them to help these children have enjoyable sports and recreation experiences.  A certificate of completion will be awarded and after training, you will be to volunteer as a Mentor in any of our special needs programs  in Summit, New Providence or in other communities offering our programs.  New Peer Mentors not only obtain community service credit for their time but gain valuable leadership and teaching skills, while giving back to the community and touching the lives of special children.  This training is open to children 13 years of age or older and takes place Monday, January 20 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Summit Community Center.  There is a $10 registration fee.  You can register online at or by phone 908-277-2932.  Contact or 908-277-2932 x13 with any questions.

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