Empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches.
Foster confidence, self-esteem and community inclusion for youth with disabilities; strengthen communities through education of volunteers; and provide families with respite and a supportive network.
We are excited to announce that our KEEN on Growing program is back and starting on Saturday, June 18th! As a reminder, KEEN on Growing is our gardening program that we started last year in collaboration with Turbana after our community rallied to win Turbana's "Win 25K For Your Cause" campaign.
Our families and volunteers really enjoyed having time outdoors, learning about plants and healthy eating, and even tasting the herbs and vegetables growing in our garden.
This program is located at P.S. 206 Jose Celso Barbosa (508 East 120th Street). It will run from 10:00am - 11:30pm (9:30am arrival time for volunteers) on the following dates:
- June 18th - June 25th - July 9th - July 16th - July 23rd
KEEN USA hosted a National Symposium in Washington, DC on the need for fitness programs for kids with disabilities in light of the childhood obesity epidemic. Representatives from NCHPAD, The YMCA, Special Olympics, SHAPE America, Playworks, and other organizations came together to discuss access and barriers to programming, best practices for providing programs, outcomes measurement and other issues on this critical topic. To watch all the symposium videos, click here.
KEEN Founder and President Elliott Portnoy's opening remarks at the 2015 Symposium.
Thanks to our partners at New York Cares HandOn Tech for creating this video!