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Two young men with arms wrapped around each other are standing and smiling at the camera. They are standing on a bright blue basket ball court. Trees and residential buildings are seen in the background.

Amigos in the Community!

The Community Program is for adults (aged 18+) with or without disabilities whom are facing barriers to inclusion. Participants are paired up with volunteer Connectors who share mutual interests and goals. Pairs meet up regularly to participate in leisure and recreational activities. Lasting relationships are built, and connections are made in the community.

 

Who Benefits?

  • Young adults with barriers to inclusion benefit from the intentional relationships of peers in their community.
 
  • Young adults who would like to volunteer to take on a leadership role by connecting with peers learn that their efforts do make a difference in creating inclusive places!

It’s fun and accessible!

Community Amigos Program Events

At Home Yoga with Placement Student Pardeep!

Enjoy a demonstrated yoga activity from the comfort of your own home! Open to all participants 18+. 
Wednesday, April 14th 2021, 8-9PM
Zoom Link: 

Music Mashup! 

Try to guess the song with Community Program Developer Devin! Open to all participants 18+. 
Wednesday, April 28th 2021, 8-9PM
Zoom Link: TBA

volunteer with us today!

Heads Up for Inclusion Community program seeks volunteers to make meaningful IMPACT in their community.

Interested in joining our Community Amigos Program?

Amigo Connectors
Mentors in the program can develop skills such as interpersonal communication, an empathetic understanding of others, employable skills, and expanded community awareness.  

Amigos
Amigos mentees can develop a wide range of skills that can be taken with them into their adult life. Mentees can expect to gain confidence, independence, communication skills, learn vital transition-related skills, build friendships, and have fun!
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Matt & Kevin

"I am proud to say that I am a Connector in the Amigos program and have personally seen the difference the program makes in people's lives. Heads up for Inclusion is an organization that does not only help individuals, but challenges expectations on what is possible for people with barriers. The experience of being involved with HUI is a constant reminder that a barrier is not a limitation, only a challenge to overcome.” - Matt, Community Connector

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Julia & Lydia

"My time as a community connector for the Amigos program has been rewarding and pleasant in many different ways. From the first visit I had with my amigo match Lydia, we had an immediate connection and could relate to many different things. During bus rides, we play games asking each other questions [and] Through this game we realized we both enjoy reading, watching some of the same movies and shows, spending time with our siblings and shopping! So far we have had trips to a painting class, mall, movie theatre and buffet lunch together and each visit we had a lot of fun and learned a lot about each other. I enjoy helping Lydia do things such as ride the city bus and practice skills for public transportation and prepare her to fully order for herself at restaurants and donut shops." -Julia, Community Connector

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Khidir & his first fish!

"What is amazing to hear is all the "firsts" that Khidir has been able to experience with a friend as a result of the program. Both Khidir and Calvin played Frisbee golf for the first time in July and really enjoyed it! Calvin took Khidir fishing and he caught his very first fish! We are proud to be partnered with New Canadians Centre and Fleming College." - “Khidir’s Story”, published in the fall 2017 Amigos Newsletter“Khidir’s Story”, published in the fall 2017 Amigos Newsletter"Khidir's story, published in the Fall 2017 Amigos Newsletter