At Beyond Akeela we believe in experiential learning in a socially immersive camp setting. This core philosophy is ingrained in everything we do. Our program gives high school teens organic opportunities to practice the skills needed to thrive in college, with the scaffolded support of experienced staff mentors. Every day, campers build their executive functioning, self-advocacy, and social skills — all while forging deep friendships and building lifelong memories. Our high school teen summer program is intentionally designed to support young adults with Asperger’s or a similar profile (including ASD or autism spectrum, NLD or NVLD, and ADD/ADHD) as they transition to college and beyond.
Are you looking for a high school summer program for your teen with NVLD or Asperger’s? We’d love to chat and see how we can help!
There are three stages to Beyond Akeela’s high school summer program. Each stage is designed specifically to create age-appropriate experiences and opportunities for teens to engage in their post-secondary journey. As teens progress with Beyond Akeela, they are empowered with increasing levels of independence and responsibility, and challenged to to work toward and think critically about their post-secondary goals. Throughout the application process we discuss which program is best suited for your teen. Check out what a summer with Beyond Akeela will look like below!
Internship Experience – Post-Grads select a community-based internship during which they work on meaningful projects and receive feedback from a supervisor and Beyond Akeela Advisor. These internships sites create real world job-like environments for teens to practice their emerging job readiness skills. Past internship locations include public libraries, youth camps, and community share gardens.
Post-Grad Workshops – These workshops are designed to be interactive and practical. The goal is to create roadmaps for their transition to college next year. Teens walk away with written out plans and reminders for how they’ll stay connected socially in college, the routines that are important for them to maintain, and how they’ll access accommodations in school.
Outdoor Adventure: Day hikes, river kayaking, challenge courses
Health & Wellness: Exercise opportunities, swimming, yoga/mindfulness
Camp Activities: Choice-based activities in the arts, boating, outdoor adventure, sports, strategy games (D&D), and theatre
Group Outings: Bowling, farmer’s markets, mini-golf, museums
Community Fun: Talent shows, campfires, game nights, movie nights
Teens engage in discussions and activities led by Akeela staff or college faculty on a variety of topics including, but not limited to:
College: Application process, college social life, accessing accommodations, college essays, college visits
Health & Wellness: Healthy relationships, healthy living habits, nutrition
Career: Mock interviews, resume building, professionalism at work
Life Skills: Time management, cooking lessons, budgeting
Day Trips/College Visits – You’ll get to experience different college environments and explore some cool nearby cities. Past destinations include Plymouth, MA and attractions like Canobie Lake Park. Thrill seekers have opportunities for adventure based activities like river kayaking and a self-guided ropes course!
Boston! – Live it up as a tourist in Boston! Popular attractions we visit include the New England Aquarium, Fenway Park Tours, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Common, Museum of Science, and explored all of the great history Boston has to offer!