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Teen Gatherings (Friends and Pals)

Friends & Pals Teen Club (age 13 – 21) provides an opportunity for friendship, conversation, and FUN! Teenagers need more independent social skills once they leave school for college or the job market. The group gives teens on the autism spectrum an opportunity to utilize their social skills and practice them in a comfortable environment.

FOR 2022-2023 | They are offering two (2) groups – Teen Social Club & Teen Bridge to Success.

WHEN:  Thursdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm | Teen will be provided with dinner

WHERE:  Autism Society NWPA | 3308 State | Erie, PA

FAL SESSION  2022 CURRICULUM:  Healthy Relationships:  Relationship Development
Thursday, September 3 Meet & greet – team building
Thursdays: September 15,22,29 Bridge to Success – transition, life skills, social skills
Thursday, October 6 Social Club – Sisson’s Pumpkin Patch
Thursdays: October 13,20,27 Bridge to Success – transition, life skills, social skills
Thursday, October TBD   Halloween
Thursday, November 3   Social Club
Thursdays: November 10,17 Bridge to Success – transition, life skills, social skills
Thursday, December 1   Holiday Party


  • Teen Social Club only | 1st Thursday of the month for 4 months | Non-Member $20 | ASNWPA Member $15
  • Teen Bridge to Success | 12-weeks (includes social club) | Non-Members $40 | As NWPA Member $30

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED;  A Parent Mingle area will be provided.

About the Program

Persons diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a lot to offer in the work environment but may need some guidance along the way to build interpersonal skills and confidence. Many people may be gifted in certain areas such as technology and long-term memory, but struggle with tasks such as “small talk” or managing stress levels. These are not skills that are developed overnight, using PowerPoint Presentations, Lesson Plans, Videos, Role Playing and real-life scenarios, there are opportunities to practice and apply the skills needed for successful transition.

A focus on a person’s strengths will empower and motivate. The goal of Bridge to Success is to help build on the skills to help our teens live safely, happily, competently, and independently as adults.

Amanda Lyon, Special Education teacher. Mrs. Lyon graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelor’s in Special Education.  Amanda has been a volunteer with the Autism Society NWPA since 2010.  Mrs. Lyon teaches Grade 2 at Mother Teresa Academy.

Haley Stewart, Special Education teacher. Ms. Stewart graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.  Haley teaches learning support Grade 5th and 6th at Fairview Middle School.  Haley and her family have been involved with the Autism Society NWPA for over 15 years.

Justin Grossman graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Special Education. Mr. Grossman teaches 6-8 grade Emotional Support for Millcreek Township School District


Autism Society of Northwestern PA

1062 Brown Avenue.
Suite 200B Erie, PA 16502