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Clarke Buddies

Fun and meaningful Saturdays for children with hearing loss, led by teachers of the deaf

Students who are deaf or hard of hearing are invited to join Clarke Buddies, where they learn about self-advocacy, develop leadership skills and have fun together!

Clarke Buddies

Weekend Activities

Clarke Buddies is a fun opportunity to meet, get to know and connect on a regular basis with other children who are deaf or hard of hearing. At our in-person and virtual meet-ups, students between the ages of 6 – 17 share advice and experiences, participate in team-building activities and build a sense of community.

Meet-ups are led by experienced teachers of the deaf and young adults with hearing loss, and consist of organized activities and social time. Older students can also choose to mentor younger buddies, gaining leadership experience while being a role model to a younger student. Clarke Buddies take place throughout the school year, alternating locations between Clarke Boston and Clarke Northampton.

Pricing

The fee for Clarke Buddies is a flat rate of $35 for three meet-ups at one location (Clarke Boston OR Clarke Northampton) and $50 for those who would like to attend all six meet-ups.

Outcomes

Community-building
Community-building
Students who are deaf or hard of hearing connect with each other and build a sense of community.
Reduces feelings of isolation
Reduces feelings of isolation
Students learn effective ways to interact and engage with other.
A sense of support
A sense of support
Creates a support network among students with hearing loss.
Boosts children's confidence
Boosts children's confidence
Students learn and build confidence to prepare them for a bright future.
Establishes new friendships
Establishes new friendships
Students develop skills to help them build friendships.
Bolsters Pride
Bolsters Pride
Helps foster a sense of identity for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Develops leadership skills
Develops leadership skills
Students learn about their hearing loss and how to advocate for what they need, preparing them for success in mainstream settings.
Knowledge sharing
Knowledge sharing
Collect advice about situations relating to hearing loss.

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