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  • Inclusion Programs

    PROGRAMS

    Our mission is to include children, teens, and young adults who have been diagnosed with Autism (ASD) and other learning differences into the following existing programs.  In the process, we foster the development of more life skill experiences and more healthy connections in fun, nurturing, safe environments. We sincerely believe that all people have so much to offer our community.

    Culinary Classes & Coaching- Cooking Matters

    We offer culinary classes for families, children, teenagers, and adults.

    We focus on healthy, whole food recipes and teach the basics in nutrition in relaxed social environment. We believe that healthy eating leads to better health, more peace and happiness.

    Our classes are taught at various commercial kitchens in North County:

    1. Center for a Healthy Lifestyle in Solana Beach, 533 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. 92075.
    2. Bastyr University, 4110 Sorrento Valley Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121
    3. Lazy Acres, 150 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024

    Our  instructors include Chef Fernanda Larson, Certified Nutritionist and Culinary Instructor. She believes cooking is a vital skill that should be integrated in education and recreation. She is a Masters graduate in Nutrition from  prestigious Natural Medicine, Bastyr University.

    We can also arrange culinary classes or individual or small group coaching at your facility or location.

    Kids M-Power

    Marketing. Mentoring. Meaningful Action.

    Kids M-Power is a program designed to empower elementary age through high school age kids to collaborate with local artists and use their talents to create art, market the art, and donate the funds to  kids’ causes that inspire them.  Teens and young adults can get volunteer time and obtain community service hours for their efforts. We are currently forming new teams that can meet consistently to choose their own art projects, marketing venues, and kids’ causes.

    Kids M-Power Artist workshops are held every third Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Center for a Healthy Lifestyle in Solana Beach, 533 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. 92075

    Workshop fees are $5 per participant to cover material costs.

    Past featured artists include Muralist/Painter, Kevin Anderson, who created a collaborative acrylic on canvas, landscape painting.

    Spramani E’Luan from Nature of Art co-created several paint projects, and Peg Windisch, jewelry designer, co-created numerous jewelry pieces.

    Other projects included mixed media   greeting cards, and other medium paintings. The artwork will be marketed at upcoming local events.

    The teams have currently chosen the current causes:
    North County Solutions for Change and Mary’s Meals.

    We currently facilitate this program through:
    Kids Korp Chapters, Girlscouts, and Boyscouts, and various Church Groups.

    Center for a Healthy Lifestyle is a newly remodeled cottage at 533 Lomas Santa Fe Dr.  The cottage is a rental facility used to host programs for adults and children- programs with a healthy theme. Says Rachel Rays’ YUM-O website: “Since opening in April 2009, The Boys & Girls Clubs Center for a Healthy Lifestyle has become a community hub for learning about food, fitness, nutrition, (and art). The Center features a quarter-acre organic garden for which educates families about growing their own vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers, as well as a state-of-the-art kitchen with all cooking amenities where children cook healthy meals after learning about the fruits and vegetables in the garden. The Center offers a variety of programs, including cooking classes for kids, where they cook healthy snacks and meals to sample as a class and then take home more to share with friends and family members!

    There are also a variety of cooking classes for adults & children, art classes, and gardening classes  www.CenterForaHealthyLifestyle.com

    Beach & Surf Camps

    We offer limited scholarships for children with special abilities and learning differences for ages 8 to 15 years old.

    Email for registration details or go to www.delmarsurfcamp.org

    CoHort Life Coaching

    We can all benefit from outside adult or peer support when it comes to academic, health related, social experiences relationships, and personal growth. Our team of coaches can help. We provide two types of coaching over the phone.

    Individual Coaching: (Ages 10 to 20 years)

    We choose a suitable, trained coach to connect with individuals ages 10 years old to 20 years old. The coach sets up a phone coaching session once/week for 30 minutes. The goal is to support individuals in whichever area of life they need help with. The intention is to provide healthy listening, encouragement, and support in setting and accomplishing personal goals.

    CoHort Coaching: (Ages 18 to adult) 

    We choose a suitable, trained coach to connect with individuals (ages 18 years to adult). The coach sets up a phone coaching session once/week for 40 minutes. Both parties spend equal time in the session coaching each other. The goal is to support each other in whichever area of life they need help with. The intention is to provide healthy listening, encouragement, and support in setting and accomplishing personal goals. This program gives each individual an opportunity to support and empower others and obtain support simultaneously.

    We offer scholarships to children and young adults with special abilities and learning differences.

    Please email or call 760-436-1514 for current class schedule.