We are a comprehensive post-high school health and wellness program that supports and enhances social skills, cognitive skills, self-esteem, creativity, and work skills for young adults with developmental disabilities facing moderate to severe life challenges and their families. It is designed to provide a daily structured routine that cultivates mind, body, and spirit through an inclusion focused partnership of university, faith, and general communities.
Community Inclusion Sponsors are local groups who have committed representatives to volunteer with BCPP once a week for one month. Community Sponsors can be social groups, community organizers, agencies, or companies willing to dedicate volunteer hours. The goal of Community Inclusion Sponsorship is to create social connections and relationships within and among the community and young adults with developmental disabilities.
For the 11 inclusion ambassadors from Auburn's BraveHeart Center for Place and Purpose, Wednesday's field day on Cater Lawn was their time to shine. "We're so excited to have everybody here today to be a part of this," said Angie Burque, BraveHeart's founder. The ambassadors, ages 21 to 27, formed three teams partnering with senior staff members from Auburn Athletics in a variety of events. "This was a blast," said Director of Athletics Allen Greene...
BCPP serves as a dynamic, innovative, and hands-on internship or practicum site for Auburn University students who want to live out the Auburn Creed. This new initiative aims to address unmet needs of the vulnerable and underserved population of young adults who have special needs, and live at home with working parents through a Community-in-Community Inclusion (CICI) Model. Students from a variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply.
BCPP students participate in outreach activities that benefit the larger Auburn/Opelika community. Participating in these activities creates a purpose for these students and allows recognition of their individual strengths.
Community service and outreach activities include: creating art for homebound senior community members, a food drive to benefit food insecure persons, a holiday toy drive benefiting families with limited income, and a blanket drive that serves sick, elderly, and financially limited persons.
- Students walked 1.5-2.5 miles approx. each day
- Students participated in their AU community through:
- Tours of the AU Athletic Complex and Stadium
- Backstage tour of Telfair Peet Theatre
- Attendance at an AU Baseball game
- Guided tour of AU campus
- Weekly nature walks at Davis Arboretum
- Concourse activities with AU Students
- Students interacted with Auburn City community through:
- Life Skills visits to the University Donut Company
- Life Skills visits to Toomers Lemonade
- Community engagement with Auburn Fire Dept #1
- Students completed Outreach with AU and community partners
- Art Helps and Heals the Heart
- Halloween Canned Food Drive
- Toy Drive in December
- Warm Hearts Blanket Drive in February
- Students hosted several community events
- 5 Movie Days where students practiced vocational skills
- Open House
- Art & Photo Showcase