Teen Friends

You CAN change the way society thinks!

Nothing makes someone feel better about themselves than spending time with friends who truly care. Through Friendship Circle, remarkable bonds are created between children and teens with special needs and their Teen Friends. Our Teen Friends’ commitment and willingness to spend time hanging out and learning from their Special Friends reminds us that today’s teens are caring, compassionate, and dedicated to making a difference in the lives of every child and adult they meet.

Become a Teen Friend and…


from our Special Friends. They’re the purest teachers and best friends!


the perspective of individuals with special needs and recognize their unique abilities.


a more inclusive community by having fun and sharing with others.

Make a Difference

in your life AND your new friend’s!

In case you’re wondering…

Who is Friendship Circle for?

Friendship Circle of Charlotte is for anyone who needs a friend. Children with special needs and their families form a significant part of our organization, as do typically developing teens. Brought together by friendship and trust, children with special needs and our Teen Friends form a warm and welcoming community.

What does Friendship Circle do?

Friendship Circle offers weekly programs for our special friends to enjoy together. Friendship Circle’s mission is to integrate children with special needs into a warm and accepting community, and to provide social, therapeutic and respite programs for them and their families.

What do Friendship Circle Teen Friends do?

As part of the “Friends@Home” program Teen Friends visit the home of a child with special needs, their “Special Friend”, with the mission of becoming their BEST FRIEND! Our Special Friends have parents, siblings, teachers and doctors just like you do. All they’re missing is a true friend. We also have weekly Group Programs on Sundays where our Friends come together to have fun.

How old must I be to be a Teen Friend?

Our Teen Friends are High School age, 9th-12th grade and we offer a Junior Teen Friend program for 7th & 8th graders.

Is there a commitment I have to make to get involved?

Teen Friends who sign up for the “Friends@Home” program must commit to weekly, hour-long, visits for the duration of the CMS school year. (Friends@Home doesn’t meet on Shabbat, during School Breaks, and on Jewish Holidays) Make sure you are ready for this year-long commitment before you sign up.