Young people with social anxiety, socially driven depression, spectrum differences, lack of experience, or basic fear of the unknown have felt the need to stay isolated if they are to stay safe. What has been needed is both a safe and welcoming environment outside of parents’ homes where they can test their wings—a place where they can be understood and appreciated by peers of their own. Our Team-Living PODs residence program meets this need.
A small co-ed residence program with double-occupancy rooms, our PODs help young adults move out of their parents’ homes, often for the very first time. Launching from a parent’s home and living with peers who understand their needs and challenges is critical if young people are to take that important next step toward a fuller, more independent life. The PODS are designed to enhance their abilities to make and to feel deserving of friends, roommates, partners and companions.
Our Thursday evening Living Skills Group meetings are 80 minutes of stimulating, thought-provoking, transformative interaction, and they are not without laughter. Teens and young adults with a range of social anxieties and challenges meet at our POD in Orinda, California.
Summer camp is one of those rites of passage that many children with social differences miss. And if their parents do send them, with the best of intentions, the children often experience failure. They may feel unsafe, may be bullied. Yes, camp can be a hurtful disaster, further confirming a child’s sense of isolation, inadequacy, and fear.
We started Team Camp because we saw how important—and how therapeutic—it can be for young people to experience and enjoy nature up close. Initially, we began with a group of young people who wanted to attend camp, some with social differences and some without, and from the beginning Team Camp was a tremendous success.
Team Camp is co-ed and open to a broader age range than our other programs. We accept young people ages 13 to late twenties, pending application approval. We carefully organize age-appropriate topics and breakout groups for different ages and maturity levels. We have years of experience addressing the differing interests of our campers and have an excellent, well-trained staff that is sensitive to these interests.