Making Friends and Creating College Experiences
"Appreciation, respect, and potential for all people"
Friendship Fields is a program associated with Friends University that allows college-age adults with disabilities to experience college life while also offering Friends University students the opportunity to work with special needs students. Students enroll in Friendship Fields because they want to go to college, and Friends University truly believes lifelong learning and social interaction is important for everyone. We offer two unique curriculum options for adults with disabilities.
Our program provides two options:
Friendship Fields Fun
Students participate on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year and follow a curriculum that focuses on life skills, people skills and social interaction with college students. Dr. John Taylor teaches music with Dr. Hetherington in vocal music, and Karen Scroggins teaches art. Friendship Fields Fun students also regularly interact with other Friends University student volunteers, including many of the athletic teams. College-type activities include visiting practices and athletic games, hanging out and playing games with student athletes, having dinner in the student dining hall with Friends students and attending an occasional school dance, among many others. The Friendship Fields program is not only helping special needs students with their desire to experience college life; it is transforming Friends.
Friendship Fields Academy
This program is designed for high-functioning special need adults and will feature a curriculum that has been mapped out for four years. The students will study such topics as first aid, nutrition, interpersonal skills, vocational skills and much more. Students may have the opportunity for work-study experiences with various University departments.
Testimonials From Our Friends
What sets Friendship Fields apart from other programs is the unique college experience available to students. It is unlike anything I have seen that is available in Wichita or the surrounding area.
I have benefited from my involvement with Friendship Fields in so many ways. New friendships, deepening old friendships, intellectual stimulation as I prepare lessons on a variety of topics, varied learning experiences on and off campus, which all aid in my continued growth, development, and life enrichment. And so it is for our students!
The value-added benefit that Friendship Fields offers to Friends University and to the lives of its students is indescribable.
For Friends U students, just to see Friendship Fields students around our campus creates a fun and joyous environment.
As a former special education teacher, I was honored to be a part of this important program.
As a police officer, one of the most rewarding things has been that when I first started coming to class, a few students didn’t like the police. I guess is that this was a result of a negative experience in the past. Over the course of my visits, some of those same students now give me high fives and hugs when I get to the class and when I’m about to leave.
Val Wall truly loves these kids, embraces their individualities and strives to meet their many different needs. It is like a mission to her.
I firmly believe that Friendship Fields/Friendship Fields Academy gives students with disabilities a new hope and a bright future.
We enjoy the time that our basketball players interact with the students in the classroom, and I can’t explain enough what our team has learned from the Friendship Fields squad.
Friends University’s Friendship Fields program has given our son a source of pride and confidence.