The Kids on the Block puppets (and their young teacher/volunteers that accompany them into the schools) enlighten children on the issues of disability awareness, medical and educational differences, and social concerns. Volunteers are trained to become puppeteers and help present skits to groups of people at schools, community centers, parks, and other settings. Prior to becoming a puppeteer, the following process must be completed:
Attend a 2 ½ hour training session that focuses on team building, puppeteer skills, disability awareness, and communication techniques.
Attend one rehearsal session.
Complete an application process that includes submitting two personal references.
Once the above items are completed the Kids on the Block coordinator schedules presentations and puppeteers to do the skits. Opportunities to socialize and play with children often arise.
Inquiries to the Kids on the Block program can be made by contacting Children’s Village at 509-574-3260 or 1-800-745-1077.
The one 2 one inclusive recreation program is offered through the Yakima County Parent to Parent program at Children’s Village. One 2 one trains teen volunteers to become mentors to kids with disabilities. Mentors help support the kids during participation in community recreation activities such as swimming lessons, softball games, and teen club activities. Prior to becoming a one 2 one mentor, the following process must be completed:
Attend a five-hour training session that focuses on team building, disability awareness, communication techniques, and positive support practices.
Complete an application process that includes a recreational interest survey, background clearance, and two personal references.
Once the above items are completed the one 2 one coordinator helps match interests of the mentor with a child in need of recreational support. The mentor will meet with the family and the child to get to know them, and then will begin mentoring.
The time commitment required varies according to recreational opportunities chosen. No program fees apply for the volunteer mentor.
Inquiries to the one 2 one program can be made by contacting Children’s Village at 509-574-3260 or 1-800-745-1077.