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Morning Opps YELLOWMorning Opps

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.

After Opps BLUE copyAfter Opps

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!

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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!

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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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We worked on songwriting in Warrior Karaoke today, as Warriors created their own renditions of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." They're some creative and talented songwriters! The Juice Joint check out Dana's anthem! #afteropps #rockstars #warriorkaraoke ... See MoreSee Less

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For Claire’s Warrior Outing last week, she planned a fun-filled day for the Life Shop. We started the morning off by watching Lizzie McGuire and singing Karaoke, then had personal pizzas for lunch! In the afternoon, Claire took us to the Oak Park Conservatory to show us where she works. We ended the day with Peterson’s Ice Cream to celebrate her birthday! Great outing, Claire! Happy Birthday! (Audio: "What Dreams Are Made Of"- Hilary Duff) ... See MoreSee Less

For Claire’s Warrior Outing, she planned a fun-filled day for the Life Shop. We started the morning off by watching Lizzie McGuire and singing Karaoke, then had…

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Janet Arey WrightWhat a fun day Claire! Excellent job leading!24 hours ago

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These Wellness Warriors put in work bright and early this morning for the #makintracks5k to support WSSRA! Some strong efforts from this group. And the grind doesn't stop here...this afternoon we'll be hittin the phone lines to get OK Classic donations in the first ever Warrior-a-thon! #wellnesswarriors #warriorgrind #okclassic ... See MoreSee Less

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Beth CheneyAll of you warriors continue to inspire me!3 days ago   ·  1

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The After Opps World Wide Warriors learned how to safely, effectively, and productively use Instagram today! Check out their awesome photos of the other programs today! #worldwidewarriors #afteropps ... See MoreSee Less

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2014 Opportunity Knocks Circus Night (88 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

For our After Opps Summer Family Night, we hosted a Big Top Warrior Circus in the River Forest Community Center. The festivities included performances by the Big Top Warrior and Warrior STOMP groups, carnival games, face-painting, popcorn, and a barbecue chicken dinner! It was an awesome time!

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For our After Opps Summer Family Night, we hosted a Big Top Warrior Circus in the River Forest Community Center. The festivities included performances by the Big Top Warrior and Warrior STOMP groups, carnival games, face-painting, popcorn, and a barbecue chicken dinner! It was an awesome time!

Life Shop hit the big city today for Nature Club and visited the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Lincoln Park Zoo! #lifeshop #natureclub #rawr ... See MoreSee Less

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Caitlin MoranMax did a great take of the picture..love it!5 days ago   ·  3
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Janet Arey WrightHehehehe! Another fun day with Life Shop!5 days ago   ·  2

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Shouts out to the Alyssa Pagano Foundation for throwing some big money toward Warrior Katrina Jeffries for the #okclassic! Warriors are makin moves in the fundraising game! To donate to Katrina, click this link: theokclassic.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1117081&lis=1&kntae1117081=A18E15053... ... See MoreSee Less

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In the After Opps Warrior Karaoke program on Monday, the group went to the legendary Val's halla Records Store in Oak Park where they hit the stage and jammed out to some of their favorite tunes. Thanks so much Val Camilletti! We love visiting your shop! Check out some of the Warriors gettin down and take note of their eclectic music tastes. (Audio: "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle). ... See MoreSee Less

In the After Opps Warrior Karaoke program, the group went to the legendary Val's Halla Record Store in Oak Park where they hit the stage and jammed out to some of…

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