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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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Warriors made sharpie water color coasters in Community Opps last week! Look for them on sale at the OK Classic on Saturday! #okclassic #communityopps ... See MoreSee Less

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Warriors and OPRF CITE students got down and dirty yesterday as they helped build a playground for the OPRF Day Nursery! #community ... See MoreSee Less

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In today's World Wide Warriors program, we learned about some of the productive ways to use Facebook, including as a fundraising tool! We created this video to promote the OK Classic on Sept. 27th. Donate to them by going to our website and searching their names: Patrick Milburn, Georgia Hunter, Bill Canavan, Nicholas Sawyer, and Alex Stevic! opportunityknocksnow.org/special-events/the-ok-classic-softball-tournament/ (Audio: "Centerfield" by John Fogerty) "Please donate to us Warriors for the OK Classic. Thank you!" ... See MoreSee Less

In today's World Wide Warriors program, we learned about some of the productive ways to use Facebook, including as a fundraising tool! We created this video to promote…

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Patrick O'Rourke channeled his inner Michael Jordan when we took Life Shop Boot Camp outside yesterday. #sunsouttonguesout #lifeshop #warriorbootcamp ... See MoreSee Less

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Adam BujnowskiPatrick, save some calf muscles for the rest of us jeez3 days ago   ·  7
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Georgia and Patrick worked on creating and jarring our dill-icious homemade Warrior Pickles in After Opps yesterday! We'll be selling these bad boys at the OK Classic next weekend and we were hoping some of our creative friends could help us come up with the brand name for em! Who's got some ideas?! "Warrior Pickles" is the leading contender right now. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ellen Goldrickwarrior spears?4 days ago   ·  3
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The After Opps gardening group has been getting into the spirit of fall by making scarecrows and jack-o-lanterns to decorate the OK Greencumbers Garden. #spooktacular #afteropps ... See MoreSee Less

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Alice Cullerton HostyPatrick O'Rourke looks totally dead! He is such a talented actor. ♥♥♥5 days ago
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Life Shop capped off our six-week Nature Club program with an epic trip to The Morton Arboretum! We drove around their beautiful property, had a picnic lunch, and went on an informative and gorgeous guided nature walk. Big thanks to the Arboretum and our wonderful guide Beth for hosting us! #lifeshop #natureclub #treehuggingwarriors ... See MoreSee Less

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