Special Needs Teen Programs (ages 14-20)
Coolanu

The JCC Camps at Medford provides teens ages 14-20 with special needs a unique life and leisure skills program called Coolanu. In Hebrew, Coolanu means “all of us,” and together we are helping prepare our teens with special needs for the next stages of life. The program includes a mixture of traditional camp activities such as: Swim Lessons, Arts & Crafts, Recreation, Music and Movement.  Participants will also attend weekly local community based instruction trips, working on social, life and job skills.  Coolanu has a 1:1 or 2:1 participant to staff ratio based on need. Participants must register for a minimum of three weeks and enrollment is subject to an interview.

For more information about the Coolanu program, please email us at [email protected].

Ma'avarim

Ma’avarim, meaning “transitions,” offers a focus on experiential job training and mentoring, while still making time for fun camp activities! Additionally, weekly trip choices will include a variety of fun, social trips such as amusement parks and the beach, along with opportunities for community based instruction, such as stores and restaurants. This program, geared for ages 14-20, has a 3:1 participant to staff ratio. Participants must register for a minimum of 3 consecutive weeks and enrollment is subject to an interview.

For more information about the Ma’avarim program, please email us at [email protected].

Gesher/ LIT

Graduates of the Open Hearts/ Open Doors program who are invited to participate in the Gesher/LIT program will receive a summer experiential job placement in a bunk or specialty area, participate in leadership development trainings, and will enjoy trip days with typical peers. Participants will work with a Gesher case manager who will provide 5:1 support along with camp job placement mentors. The program is a two-year summer experience for the summers entering 9th and 10th grade, and participants must register for a minimum of 4 consecutive weeks each summer.

For more information about the program, please email our Gesher/LIT  Director at [email protected].

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