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Morning Opportunities is a new Opportunity Knock’s program, launched in 2012, providing activities for the students in Oak Park River Forest High School’s TEAM (Transitional Education with Access to the Mainstream) classrooms. ‘Morning Opps,’ as we like to call it, is offered on late arrival Wednesdays throughout the school year when the OPRF faculty and staff participate in professional development training.

Life Shop GREENLife Shop

Presently The Life Shop is in the midst of the pilot phase and is limited to serving 10 participants. In the fall of 2014, we hope to expand the program, serving more individuals. The Life Shop strives to maximize opportunities for the older than 22 adult with developmental disabilities. The pilot is focused on the Warrior in three phases: health & wellness, improving life skills and community integration.

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After Opps is an after school/after work program that offers social and recreational activities. Opportunity Knocks holds 4 After Opps program seasons (winter, spring, summer and fall) consisting of one 5-week and one following 4-week session. Opportunity Knocks aims to stimulate the interest of various leisurely activities, participation within the community, and the continued engagement of these activities outside of programs.


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Summer 2014 Registration BrochureAfter Opps Summer Session 1 Registration Now Available

What does After Opps have in store for the first summer session? Pool Party, Fabric Fun, gardening, Ettiquette 101, Bikes and Trikes, A Bug’a Life, Backyard Games License to Grill and Photography have all made it on the schedule of activities. Download the Summer 2014 After Opps Registration Brochure or register online.

IMG_0288The Life Shop Blog

Follow the progress of the Life Shop, Opportunity Knock’s new day program in its pilot phase. From Warrior-planned outings and volunteering in the community to health and wellness activities—you’ll find it here!


Warrior Spotlight: Maddy Gancer

Each session, we will put the spotlight on one of our Warriors who has best exemplified the Warrior 5-Point Code. The five point code is the set of expectations that we have for our Warriors throughout our programs. Those five points are safety, leadership, communication, teamwork, and respect. Click to learn more about what an incredible role model Maddy is!

DSC_0103The Weekly Warrior Blog

This winter session launched the second coming of Warrior blogging. Visit The Weekly Warrior blog to learn about fun happenings at After Opps and about what the Warriors find interesting or important. While given the opportunity to flex their creative muscles, the Warriors are also able to practice planning, organization, editing, internet safety and other essential computing skills. Comments welcomed!


Letter from the Director: Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness Director, Jeni Pierce, and Executive Director, Mike Carmody, report about the different ways Opportunity Knocks participants in all three programs are working to improve their health and well being! This past year marked the addition of at least two new fitness-based events including the Warrior Dash obstacle course and the Chilly Dash run that preceded the Chili Cook Off fundraiser.

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Check out some shots from our Nature Club adventures in Life Shop today! We started off the gorgeous day with a guided nature walk at Trailside Museum of Natural History where we saw and learned about local wildlife. Then we headed to the Lake View Nature Center for a grill out and an afternoon of fishing! #lifeshop #natureclub #gonefishin ... See MoreSee Less

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Life Shop got a close up view of a fawn and her mother today in Thatcher Woods on a guided hike with Trailside Museum of Natural History! Photo by Charlie O'Connor. #lifeshop #natureclub #warriorphotography ... See MoreSee Less

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We hope everyone has had a great Labor Day weekend filled with friends, family, and fun! We're looking forward to another weekend filled with these three things and much more later this month, as we're prepping for the 8th Annual OK Classic on Sept. 27th! Come out and join us at the Forest Park Softball Fields on Harrison, next to the Aquatic Center. We'll be out there all day long! Also consider lending a hand, as it takes a lot of awesome people to execute this awesome event. Volunteer registration here:

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Tom BradleyThat's going to be a fun day for the softball turn it and see all my friends and my family members coming to the softball turn it on September 271 day ago
Tom BradleyAnd also all the good it does the raise money for different charities and four people1 day ago

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Yesterday, the scrapbooking After Opps group worked on filling a book with program photos from last session! It's lookin good! #afteropps #scrapbooking ... See MoreSee Less

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For his Warrior Outing in the Life Shop yesterday, Darius planned a day filled with three of his favorite things: music, barbecue, and movies. In the morning, we sang Karaoke and danced to some of our favorite tunes. Then we had a delicious lunch of pulled pork and chicken, sweet potato fries, and watermelon. In the afternoon, we hit the town and saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4 at the Lake Theater in Oak Park. Great outing Darius! ... See MoreSee Less

For his Warrior Outing, Darius planned a day filled with three of his favorite things: music, barbecue, and movies. In the morning, we sang Karaoke and danced to…

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Janet Arey WrightThat was awesome!! What a fun day you planned, Darius! Thanks OK Life Shop!4 days ago   ·  1
Joe HartThat's awesome. Nice job D!4 days ago   ·  1
David PoppeiLove the energy. D rocks!4 days ago
Amanda NeumanThis is great!!! Nice work Darius!!!!3 days ago

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These Warriors have been workin hard on their fundraising efforts and it's already payin off! Sponsor these ladies (Jackie Finn and Sonya Taylor) by going to the #okclassic homepage ( and searching for their names. Also be sure to join us for the tournament on September 27th! Special shoutout to Bill Davy and the Alyssa Pagano Foundation for their generous donation to Sonya! ... See MoreSee Less

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We hit the streets in bikes & trikes and practiced for the OK Classic in softball during After Opps today! #afteropps #bikesandtrikes #okclassic ... See MoreSee Less

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The gardening group had some fun picking out scarecrow costumes at the Salvation Army during After Opps on Monday! We'll see you Warriors this afternoon for bikes and trikes, softball, and community opps! #afteropps ... See MoreSee Less

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