Are you a young person aged 12 to 18 years who has Aspergers, is autistic, or who has another similar neurodivergent profile, who is currently enrolled in secondary school?
Are you looking for a group of peers to hang out with, to chat about interests and passions over board games and activities, and generally have fun?
Then our Teens Group may be what you're looking for!
NB: As of February 2023, due to low volunteer numbers, the Teens Group is only running online, and the dates may be outside the regular meeting rhythm mentioned below. If you are interested in volunteering as a Teens Mentor (peer of the Teens Group aged 18 or older) or as a Parent Contact, please let us know! If you would like to apply for the role/s, we invite you to complete our online volunteer application form. If you would like more information, please contact our AV admin team email our AV admin team or call 0480 385 710 during office hours Monday to Thursday.
Who is this group for?
Our Teens Group is for young people aged 12 to 18 years, currently enrolled in secondary education, who have Aspergers, are autistic, or who have another similar neurodivergent profile. We welcome teens of all genders and at all stages of the diagnostic journey, including self-identified. If your teen is aged 18 or older and is no longer enrolled in secondary education, the Young Adults Group may be more suitable.
When and where does this group meet?
The Teens Group meets on the first Friday of each month.
Our in-person meetings take place at a range of venues. Usually, we meet at a community centre in Ashwood in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, however we also go bowling, rock climbing, or meet at a restaurant to share a meal together.
When we meet online, our Teens group uses Discord to chat with each other.
What are group meetings like?
In-person Teens Group meetings: these meetings are split into two parts. In one room, the teens meet with our Teens Mentors, young adults volunteering in a mentor role. The Teens Mentors welcome new attendees, facilitate conversation, and provide supervision.
Online Teens Group meetings: these meetings take place via a private, moderated Discord server. The Teens Mentors provide several Discord rooms for the teens to interact, chat, or play online games, and they welcome new participants, facilitate chat and interactions, and provide supervision. Teens are welcome to join in the discussion or to listen to others as they feel comfortable. Each teen must be supervised by a parent or carer while they are accessing the Discord server.
How can I register for the next group meeting?
The next group meeting is listed in the calendar below.
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If you would like more information about this group, please contact the Teens Group Leader.
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