OUR PLATFORM OF ON-SITE & VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

OK PROGRAMS
SUMMER 1

SESSION THEME | This session, our theme will be All About Me. Our Summer semester theme is titled “All About Me”. Warriors and staff together will explore their personal interests in life, leisure, arts, food, and community favs to visit. They will take time to experience each other’s go-to for fun and will learn more about each other along the way – hoping to find common interests along the way!

From Next Phase to Now

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

We believe in a dynamic, person-centered and community-based approach to programming that engages the voice of all Warriors, thrives on interdependent connections, encourages exploration, centers on holistic wellness and fostering healthy relationships. This program, like all of our programs, is built on the same principles.

We are excited to announce that Summer 1 of OK Programs will begin on May 2nd. We will continue offering both onsite and virtual options during this session.

NEW ACTIVITIES FOR THEME

All days will rotate between two different activities.
Warriors will spend 4 weeks in each activity for the session.

Tuesday will include two great activities: “Camping” & “Community Outings”. Warriors will explore the popular summer life skill with our very popular basics of camping activity! In “Community Outings” Warriors will tap into the many leisure and recreational opportunities that our local community offers to its residents.

Wednesday will include “Knock-Out Farming” and Cooking titled “All About ME-zza”. Summer is the time OK Warriors shine at the Knock-Out Farm, helping to clean it up and prepare it for a brand new season of growing. “All About ME-zza” will explore cooking with personal pizzas as we open the palette to create edible masterpieces!

Thursday dives deep with “Warrior Trading Cards” and “Dancing Around”. Common likes will be shared in both of these activities that focus on creating fun “baseball-like” trading cards that can be exchanged with Warrior friends. Also, Warriors will move their bodies to the many different beats of life through dancing.

Friday continues to be the OK Program’s ever-popular dedicated Peer-Led Planning Day. Peer-Led Planning is when the Warriors take over the OK schedule and plan and lead a full day of programming. Warriors will match up in groups by interests and have fun planning, preparing, and eventually hosting their very own Friday program day.

Other special activities that will be sprinkled into this session include Kayaking, Archery, and Forest Preserve Service Learning days as well as hosting volunteers from our many different local universities! Join us for the fun this summer!

PROGRAM SCHEDULE & TRANSITIONS

Please note Session Changes as they are listed below in red, thank you!

ON-SITE PROGRAMS (8 Weeks)

This program is offered in 3-hour blocks, with 2 blocks available on each program day. We are currently offering In-Person OK Programs 4 days per week.

3 hours per session

2 sessions per day

4 days per week

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday

AM BLOCK | 9:00 am-12:00 pm

PM BLOCK | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS (8 Weeks)

This program is offered in 1-hour blocks, with 4 blocks available on each program day. We are currently offering Zoom Online OK Programs 1 day per week.

PLEASE NOTE, ZOOM PROGRAMS ARE NO LONGER BEING HELD ON WEDNESDAYS OR FRIDAYS!

1 hour per session

4 sessions per day

1 day per week

Monday

10 am – 11 am  |  12 pm – 1 pm

2 pm – 3 pm  |  4 pm – 5 pm

Onsite Transition Period  |  12:00pm-3:00 pm

  • All Warriors will be required to leave the program sites between sessions
  • Staff will clean and disinfect program space according to our Cleaning & Disinfecting Plan
  • Staff will also then make preparations for the next group coming to their designated location

IMPORTANT DATES

REGISTRATION OPENS
Tuesday, April 12th @ 3:00 PM

REGISTRATION CLOSES
Tuesday, April 19th @ 5:00 PM

FINAL REGISTRATION PLAN TO BE COMMUNICATED AFTER
Friday, April 22nd

FIRST DAY OF ON-SITE PROGRAMS (Summer 1)
Monday, May 9th

FIRST DAY OF VIRTUAL PROGRAMS (Summer 1)
Monday, May 2nd

HOLIDAY DAYS OFF
Memorial Day (5/30) & Juneteenth (6/17) — No Programs These Dates

EVENTS
TBD (TBD)

Questions

Please Contact

Michael Carmody
Executive Director
mike@opportunityknocksnow.org
Or Click Below to Send a Question…

OK Health & Safety Guidelines (UPDATED as of Jan - 22)

Better Together

PROGRAM GROUPS

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • The registration process will accept requests for all sessions but please bear in mind that not all requests are guaranteed given the health and safety restrictions of this model
  • Warriors will have three separate 45-minute activities within their group at the same location
  • Warriors can sign up for more than one group but will have to leave between 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM for cleaning & sanitation

Activity Group Model

  • Warriors can sign up for more than one group per day, but will need to leave OK between 12:00 PM-3:00 PM for cleaning and sanitation.
  • Based on results of registration, OK’s Program Team will work to group participants in an activity group model that will aim to keep the same groups together on the same days and sessions.
  • Sessions will be grouped according to the activity group model to ensure the highest measure of safety, as well as an equal access to programs
  • The drawback to this approach is that it may be the case that we can not honor all registration requests. We ask for your patience and understanding in this endeavor.

Sensible & Safe

PROGRAM SITE & PARTICIPATION GUIDELINE

Primary Sites

  • RFCC: KG Room/OK Computer lab & CITE space
  • RFCC: 202/206 & Life Shop Rooms
  • Knockout Farm & The Grove

Site Requirements

  • 100 sq. ft per person
  • Isolated pre-program health screen area
  • Bathroom & handwashing on site
  • Isolation/Quarantine zone on site

Staffing

  • Participant to staff ratio will be 1 to 4
  • Program Director serving as Site Supervisor
  • Program Leaders and Program Staff also assigned
  • One-to-One staffing will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on enrollment and the ability to accommodate social distancing needs

On-Site & Virtual Platform

Activities

Onsite Programs

Each of the two activity sessions will draw from a menu of activity options that focus on 8 areas of choice. The content of these onsite activities will evolve from session to session and follow a theme, which will be guided by a collaboration between OK Staff and OK Warriors.

Wellness

VOCATION

Life Skills

Leadership-Peer Led Planning

RECREATION

COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION

Self Exploration

Social Skills

Virtual Programs

MONDAY

  • Morning Welcome (10-11am)

Warriors will get together to start off their Mornings with friends. During this time, Warriors will start the session with a quick one minute mindful activity followed by a movement icebreaker where Warriors will introduce themselves and lead an exercise. Each day Warriors will be assigned one of eight roles. The roles are as follows: Way of the Warrior, joke of the day, question of the day, weather report, sports report, newscast report, picture of the day, and song of the day. We usually end the ZOOM meet with a song of the day where the assigned Warriors provides a song and we sing and dance to it.

  • ZOOM Lunch (12-1pm)

During our ZOOM Lunch, Warriors will get together to chat and eat lunch from their own homes. We go around and share what everyone is having for lunch. On these days we also focused on introducing and connecting Warriors to community members or like we like to call it celebrity guests. ZOOM Lunch is more focused on socializing with our peers.

  • ZOOM exercise/Yoga/Meditation (2-3pm)

It’s time to get your body moving. In this zoom session warriors will participate in an interactive physical activity with their peers and the instructor. This is our movement ZOOM so expect to exercise, dance, jump, and get your bodies moving. These ZOOM can also occasionally bring in one of our community partners to lead a class. These classes can be anything from exercise to yoga.

  • Life Skills lesson (4-5pm) [4 Weeks]

Provide fun and engaging activities that explore important life skills. Practice using their voice through making decisions and choices. Foster interdependent relationships and a supportive community while practicing these skills. Ultimately leading to enhanced confidence and self-efficacy while performing specific life skills.

  • Arts & Crafts (4-5pm) [4 Weeks]

All about Arts and Craft – In this session, Warriors will follow a tutorial video or a guide from staff and come up with some fascinating art/drawings and other creations!

OK Outlook

MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

It has been already been a year since the Pandemic shocked the world as we know it. In that time we have worked tirelessly to bring back a bit of normal life here at OK through proper safety protocols and getting vaccinated.

Total # of Onsite Program Sessions since July 2020

Total # of Program Service Hours Delivered

Total # of COVID Transmissions at OK Activity

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Percent of Staff who are Fully Vaccinated

Health & Safety

PROTECT YOURSELF-PROTECT OTHERS PACT

This Pact was created to outline our expectations of all participants and staff in maintaining the safest environment for programs.  The following expectations are required of ALL humans participating in OK activities.

Stay home if you are sick

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Follow the pre-program health screen protocols

Wear a face covering that covers nose and mouth

Maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet at all times

Follow the isolation procedures and reporting requirements when illness onset is on-site

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Communicate all suspected or confirmed COVID illness if recent contact with programs

 

 

Health & Safety Cont.

OTHER SAFETY MEASURES

Opportunity Knocks will be committed to the following in compliance with the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health and local public health agencies:

STAFF PROTOCOLS

We will continue to develop our staff protocols for health, safety, and response. Our protocols have been in place since mid-March and continue to evolve based on public health guidance. All of our team members are required to perform a daily health screen. Training and review of our protocols will continue to be a high priority.

CLEANING & DISINFECTING PLAN

All program spaces will be routinely cleaned and disinfected before, during, and after sessions

CONTACT TRACING

If there is a suspected illness onsite or offsite, OK will execute a contact tracing protocol that will reach all staff, participants, and community members that may have been exposed. We will follow the CDC guidelines on this protocol

SITE SAFETY & HYGIENE SUPPLY

OK will ensure that all program sites are sufficiently supplied with ample space per person, PPE for cases of potential exposure, handwashing & hand sanitizer We will provide break areas for Warriors needing sensory breaks throughout the day

LIMITED SITE-PROGRAM ACCESS

We will be limiting access to our programs as it relates to guests, volunteers, partners, etc. Programs hosted at the RFCC will be subject to RFCC building entry restrictions. We will be using alternative entry and exit points at the RFCC and families will be asked to adhere to our curbside pickup and drop off protocol.

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