Wayfinders particpants enjoy a variety of activities during their free time. Participants are given the opportunity to choose the activities they would like to participate in and are supported and encouraged to try new experiences. Attending activities and social events are aimed at increasing social competence and building life-long relationships.
Social Interaction Class
Wayfinders participants attend a weekly workshop that focuses on developing the skills to navigate everyday social interactions whilst on campus and in the community. Topics include 'interacting with friends, acquaintances, and strangers' and 'ways to meet new people.'
Wayfinders participants meet with activity staff in a one-on-one setting to develop the skills to plan and execute activities independently. Activity planning is broken down into a step by step process such as; identifying an activity; times/dates, location, budget, whom to invite, and mode of transportation. Meetings are ongoing until the participant has demonstrated consistent success in the planning and execution of activities.
In partnership with the Fresno State Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, participants are able to achieve a Fresno State Service Learning certificate. Students volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per semester in a field of their choosing and complete reflections detailing duties, learning outcomes, and personal development.
Fresno County has a very active program of Special Olympic events throughout the year. Participants are encouraged to participate in individual and team sports to have fun, meet new people, develop teamwork skills, and have the opportunity to achieve. Sports offered include soccer, bowling, basketball, aquatics, track and field, tennis, bocce, and golf.
Wayfinders particpents are encouraged to participate in regular physical activity. Students meet with Activity Staff to agree on personal fitness goals and then develop an individualized fitness routine to achieve them.
Peer Mentor Program
Wayfinders participants are partnered and assisted with peer mentors who provide support in successful inclusion and integration onto the Fresno State campus and the community. Peer mentors encourage Wayfinders students to participate in social activities. Examples include attending Fresno State sporting events, going to the movies, concerts, out to eat or just hanging out.
If you are interested in becoming a peer mentor, you may download the application by clicking here.
If you are interested in becoming an activities coach, please visit the Auxiliary Human Resources website to search for open positions.