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Discover Our Person-Driven Immersive Weekday Program

Our Immersive Weekday Program provides person-driven support through group learning and community-based classes to develop confidence, self-advocacy, and skills necessary for the Friends to accomplish personal goals and find fulfillment. Participants choose classes in Life Skills, Service Learning & Employment, and Visual & Performing Arts.

Not your average day program for adults with disabilities

LIFE SKILLS

Gaining Confidence and Independence at Home, Work, and in the Community

Life Skills classes help Friends grow in self-advocacy, social awareness, and daily living skills. Through program opportunities, they experience autonomy and personal responsibility for their own lives, learning skills to decrease dependency on caregivers.

 

Examples of Life Skills classes:

  • Rights & Responsibilities
  • Functional Literacy
  • Cooking
  • Conversations/Communication 101
  • Safety Skills
  • Health & Wellness
  • Hygiene
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EMPLOYMENT & SERVICE LEARNING

Everyone Has Meaningful Work to Do

Service Learning & Employment courses are group activities that begin on campus as part of our Immersive Weekday Program. Friends travel to our community partner locations around the city of Nashville to volunteer and contribute to their daily operations. This creates enriched opportunities for Friends to gain new skills that lead to friendships, character-building, discovery of interests, and community-based employment. This has led to regular employment for some Friends!

 

Community Partners Include:

ADVOCACY THROUGH THE ARTS

Growing Self-Advocacy, Expression, and Confidence Through Art

As part of our Immersive Weekday Program, Advocacy Through The Arts uses visual and performing arts to build three main skill areas: self-advocacy, self-expression, and confidence. Friends learn how to find their voice, tell their story, and connect with others through a shared experience.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

Friends explore role playing and acting, learning to write, direct, film, and star in live productions performed at local theaters, schools, businesses, and surprise pop ups around Nashville.

 

VISUAL ARTS

Friends create unique, individual works of art and collaborate with other artists to explore a wide range of mediums, honing their art-making skills and practicing self-expression and connection. Artwork is shared with the community through gallery exhibitions and our line of Friendmade Goods, both in-person and the online store.

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Visual Arts
LIFE SKILLS
Grant smells the baking spice as it's being added to the bowl

Gaining Confidence and Independence at Home, Work, and in the Community

Life Skills classes help Friends grow in self-advocacy, social awareness, and daily living skills. Through program opportunities, they experience autonomy and personal responsibility for their own lives, learning skills to decrease dependency on caregivers.

 

Examples of Life Skills classes:

  • Rights & Responsibilities
  • Functional Literacy
  • Cooking
  • Conversations/Communication 101
  • Safety Skills
  • Health & Wellness
  • Hygiene
EMPLOYMENT & SERVICE LEARNING
Woman cleaning a table top

Everyone Has Meaningful Work to Do

Service Learning & Employment courses are group activities that begin on campus as part of our Immersive Weekday Program. Friends travel to our community partner locations around the city of Nashville to volunteer and contribute to their daily operations. This creates enriched opportunities for Friends to gain new skills that lead to friendships, character-building, discovery of interests, and community-based employment. This has led to regular employment for some Friends!

 

Community Partners Include:

ADVOCACY THROUGH THE ARTS
Woman flexing her muscles in front of a handheld mirror supported by 3 other women

Growing Self-Advocacy, Expression, and Confidence Through Art

As part of our Immersive Weekday Program, Advocacy Through The Arts uses visual and performing arts to build three main skill areas: self-advocacy, self-expression, and confidence. Friends learn how to find their voice, tell their story, and connect with others through a shared experience.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

Friends explore role playing and acting, learning to write, direct, film, and star in live productions performed at local theaters, schools, businesses, and surprise pop ups around Nashville.

 

VISUAL ARTS

Friends create unique, individual works of art and collaborate with other artists to explore a wide range of mediums, honing their art-making skills and practicing self-expression and connection. Artwork is shared with the community through gallery exhibitions and our line of Friendmade Goods, both in-person and the online store.

Visual Arts

Helping Participants Reach Their Goals Through Immersive, Person-Driven Services.

WHEN: Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM

WHERE: Our Nashville campus in Green Hills and around the city

FLEXIBILITY: 2-5 days per week

COST: $48-$80 per day, depending upon schedule (scholarships are available)

 

Our campus on Granny White Pike serves as the hub for pick-up, drop-off, socialization, and the starting point for many of our daily classes. The majority of classes throughout the week are community-based, helping Friends gain hands-on experience by engaging with others out in the community.

Each day, the Friends divide their time between the campus and the community, combining robust courses with intentional (and fun!) activities around the city of Nashville.

Because our Immersive Weekday Program is so community oriented, our program is best for adults who desire a structured group setting as they work towards their goals.

Explore Our Other Services

COACHING

PACKAGES INCLUDE
  • Life Planning & Resource Mapping
  • Discovery & Readiness
  • Life Coaching
  • Transitioning & Navigation

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DRAMA THERAPY

Individuals receive personalized therapy helping them find their voice and learn to express themselves as they strive to reach their personal goals. All sessions are one-on-one with our Licensed Drama Therapist.

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INCLUSIVE ARTS WORKSHOPS

FLC periodically hosts classes on our campus that are designed for all abilities to participate. They are fun, small-group oriented workshops that help participants gain new skills and take home finished projects.

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SOCIAL CLUB

Friends can join a small group of their peers for social outings a few times per month. From pizza & movie nights, to bowling, to local hiking trails, activities are designed to be laid-back and relational.

 

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FAQ’s

What does a typical day at FLC look like?

This is something that we will go more in depth on during our tour, but we have two main classes that happen: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. When those classes aren’t happening, we have our morning meeting time, lunch, exercise, and reflection times built into our schedule too.

How many participants attend?

We cap Weekday Program attendance to 30 participants per day. This ensures proper staff:participant ratios, keeps class sizes personable, and makes it possible for us to provide a high quality experience for everyone.

What is the staff-to-client ratio?

Per our licensure, we maintain a maximum staff:Friend ratio of 1:10 at the building, 1:5 when out in the community.

Are there outings? If so, what kind and how often?

Yes! Over 60% of our classes take place off campus in the community. Most participants are out in the community at least 2-3 times per week, depending on how many days they attend and what their interests are.

Do participants get the chance to try different programs and classes?

The Weekday Program operates on a trimester basis with class rotations changing in January, May, and September of each year.

Before the start of each trimester, our Client Success Coordinators meet with each participant to determinne which classes they are interested in and align with their personal goals.

Is there transportation available?

We offer transportation services to participants who live within 6 miles of our campus.

Are meals included?

We do not provide meals during the Weekday Program. Participants are expected to bring their lunch each day.

We do provide assistance when needed so that participants can heat up food during the lunch hour (12-1PM), and some participants choose to bring a morning or afternoon snack with them.

Do you offer financial assistance?

We do offer some scholarships on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to our Program Director to request more information.

Office – (615) 730-9370

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