AFTER OPPS

After Opps is an after school/after work program offering a wide variety of activities that are developed in collaboration with the Warrior participants. Program activities are embedded with a focus on peer leadership, health and wellness, social interaction and community connections.

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AO INTAKE FORMS

OK Transportation
Waiver & Release 
OK Mandatory Waiver
OK Financial Aid & Benefit Assessment
OK Emergency Contact Information
OK Annual Participant Information Form
EP Seizure Questionnaire
EF Seizure Action Plan

OK HEALTH WAIVERS

Physical Activity Waiver
Participant Examination Form
Medical Information Release
Food Policy

CONTACT

Mike Carmody
Executive Director
mike@opportunityknocksnow.org

2018 Program Calendar

Spring Season
Session 1: April 2-May 4
Session 2: May 21-June 15

Summer Season
Session 1: July 2-July 27
Session 2: August 13-Sept. 14

Fall Season
Session 1: Oct. 1-Nov. 2
Session 2: Nov. 19-Dec. 4

Winter Season
Session 1: Jan. 3-Feb. 2
Session 2: Feb. 19-March 16

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Click the above image to view the Winter 2018 Brochure.

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Click the above image to view the Fall 2017 Brochure.

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After Opps

AN AFTER SCHOOL, AFTER WORK PROGRAM

After Opps is an after school/after work program that offers social and recreational activities of all kinds. Each session’s activities are determined through a collaborative partnership between Warrior participants and OK Staff.

After Opps aims to stimulate the interest of various leisurely activities, participation within the community, and the continued engagement of these activities outside of programs. Participants play a great role in determining what types of activities are made available in later sessions. We believe that our participatory-based programming is the key to fostering leadership, respect and self-advocacy.

In addition, with a strong support system of peers, staff and volunteers, Opportunity Knocks programs creates a environment where individuals can express themselves freely, where healthy relationships can be fostered in a safe, nurturing setting. The After Opps program has developed many unique activities that are tailored to the needs of the Warriors and are highly based off of their passions and interests.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

OK holds 4 After Opps program seasons per year which are winter, spring, summer, and fall. Each season consists of two sessions, one 5-week session, and one 4-week session. Programs take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Each day consists of the following:

 

ARRIVAL/SNACK TIME: 

  • The first thirty minutes of each day are arrival/snack time and it is when participants get the chance to settle in, transition from where they are coming from, grab a snack and mingle with their friends.

STRUCTURED ACTIVITIES:

  • On Mondays and Wednesdays, participants are assigned to one of three groups. One of the groups leaves the facility to take part in a community-based activity. The two remaining groups rotate between activities at the River Forest Community Center at the halftime mark. These three different groups also rotate throughout the 5- or 4-week session so that everyone will eventually have the opportunity to try each activity.
  • Fridays are dedicated to the in-depth exploration of hobbies. On Fridays, Warriors stay in one of the four groups for the duration of day and throughout the length of the session.
  • The last thirty minutes are filled by a Warrior-planned activity, as well as pick-up/clean-up time. All participants, volunteers, and staff are expected to help one another to keep our space clean.

ELIGIBILITY AND REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT

  • The program is designed for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability
  • Participants must be 14.5 years old
  • Participants must live in Oak Park, River Forest or Forest Park

SESSION REGISTRATION

Opportunity Knocks holds 4 program seasons (winter, spring, summer and fall) consisting of one 5-week and one following 4-week session. Programs take place regularly on three days during the week for three hours. The day begins at 3:30pm and goes until 6:30pm.

Participants may register for 1 day per week, 2 days per week, or 3 days per week (the full session). When completing the registration form, please indicate which day(s) the participant will be attending for the duration of the session (ex. for Option 2: 2 day/week, check Mondays and Fridays for the 5-week session). One group outing is also scheduled for each session and is announced by the first day of the session.

SESSION FEES & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Registration fee includes daily programs, daily snack and drink. Opportunity Knock’s also strives to achieve full Warrior engagement via staffing that will not exceed a 5:1 Warrior to staff ratio.

PARTICIPANT FEES TABLE FOR 5-WEEK SESSIONS
Annual Household Income       3/days/wk       2 days/wk       1 day/wk        
>$55,000 $470 $290 $140
< $55,000 > $35,000 $355 $210 $105
< $35,000 $235 $140 $80
PARTICIPANT FEES TABLE FOR 4-WEEK SESSIONS
Annual Household Income       3/days/wk       2 days/wk       1 day/wk        
>$55,000 $420 $255 $125
< $55,000 > $35,000 $315 $190 $95
< $35,000 $210 $125 $65

 

Opportunity Knocks offers a sliding fee scale that is adjusted based on family income. It is our goal to serve all interested participants who are eligible for these programs. Please note that in order to take advantage of this, a Financial Assistance Form must be completed for each participant during intake.

SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Safety is important to us. To ensure safety of our participants, we ask for full cooperation with the following guidelines:

  • Opportunity Knock’s staff is responsible for the safety of program participants during designated program times. Please adhere to scheduled drop-off and pick-up times.
  • Participants enrolled in Opportunity Knock’s programs will not be released to anyone other than a parent, guardian or family member without prior written consent from the parent/guardian.
  • When arriving or departing from the program site, parents should check in with an OK staff member before leaving or taking participants home.
  • A child or minor will be allowed to walk home from the program site only if written permission from the parent or guardian has been received.
  • If you will not be attending the program, please notify us at the Opportunity Knocks office by phone (708) 771-6159 ext. 220 or by sending an email to Mike Carmody: mike@opportunityknocksnow.org