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Young Adult Career Explorations Week – 2024 Camp FRIEND Interest Form

August 5 - August 9

We are currently accepting Autistic young adults into our Career Explorations Young Adult Camp FRIEND Week. This camp will take place the week of August 5th-9th from 9am to 3pm. The Camp will be held at Vista AST’s Discovery Space at 265 W. Federal Street in Downtown Youngstown.  Individuals should be 18-25 years old and reside in Mahoning, Trumbull, or Columbiana Counties. Cost is $99.  This week of Camp FRIEND is generously funded by State Farm Insurance’s Neighborhood Assist Program to offset program and staffing costs for individuals.

Due to the setup of this week with our partners at Vista AST, there is an expected level of independence required. Individuals should be at a high school level academically to follow the activities and direction of the Vista AST staff. They should be able to communicate basic wants and needs throughout the day either verbally or through the use of an AAC device.   The individuals should also need minimal assistance behaviorally.  We will have two autism expert teachers as staff for the week so the ratio will be 9 individuals to 1 staff as we will be accepting 18 for this week of Camp. Camp will be led by 3 Vista AST interns leaving our hired staff available to assist with any hands-on support, breaks, visuals, and regulation needs.

Please fill out our camper interest form to be considered for this program.  All forms will be reviewed by our Adult Camp Week Facilitator and she will contact families with any questions to make sure that this program is a good fit for the individual.  If there are no questions and individual is accepted they will be emailed an acceptance.  Payments will be accepted through Square by credit card.  If the individual is using county or other funds please coordinate with the funder for prompt payment.  Please email socialconnections@autismmv.org with any direct questions.

Thank you.


August 5
August 9


Autism Society of Mahoning Valley
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Vista AST’s Discovery Space
265 W. Federal Street
Youngstown, OH 44503 United States
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