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Peer 1 on 1 | Youth Peers On The Spectrum

Peer 1 on 1 is a non-profit organization founded by young peers specifically to support fellow youth on the autism spectrum and those with developmental disorders or special needs. The organization’s primary objective is to facilitate interactions between youth aged five to eighteen and teen/peer volunteers. Through various initiatives such as peer clubs, exciting events, and engaging activities like movies, hiking trips, and sports, Peer 1 on 1 aims to create inclusive and enjoyable environments where young individuals can socialize, learn, and grow together. By fostering these connections and providing diverse opportunities, the organization endeavors to promote friendship, understanding, and personal development among its members. Through their efforts, Peer 1 on 1 strives to build strong, supportive relationships that enrich the lives of youth with unique challenges.

Opportunities for Social Interactions

Provide opportunities for neurotypical and neurodiverse youth to socialize and get to know one another in spite of differences. They believe this peer interaction encourages an environment that fosters new friendships and helps increase community awareness.

Many special needs youth have limited contact with neurotypical peers. As a result, some become isolated and are excluded from activities and social gatherings. Peer 1 on 1 aspires to continually create opportunities for social interactions through activities and clubs led by peer volunteers. It is their hope to expose special needs youth to various social scenarios that are fun, interactive, and supportive. Past activities include movies, games, and sports.

Some neurotypical youth find it challenging when interacting or communicating with special needs youth. They believe theirPeer 1 on 1 interactions, activities, and peer clubs aid in dispelling some of the discomfort while discouraging some of the negative stigmas associated with neurodiverse people.

Want to Become Involved?

They accept teen volunteers ages 9 and up. Teen volunteers can earn community service hours and increase their exposure and awareness of youth with autism and other developmental disorders. They operate in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas of Southern California in the United States.  

However, if you do not live near Los Angeles or Orange County and are interested in volunteering or would like to set up your chapter of Peer 1 on 1 in your area, please contact them through the “Contact Us” page. Groups can also get involved by hosting joint activities or events with Peer 1 on 1 volunteers.  Visit their “Join Us” page!

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