Helping Teens See the Future

This free program offers teens and young adults fun-filled school breaks where they also can develop a variety of skills.

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A teen boy sits in a fire truck

About Dream Teens

Our Dream Teens program encompasses several fun activities designed to help teens and young adults with disabilities realize their potential and explore possibilities for the future.

  • Dream Teens is offered during spring, summer, and winter school breaks.
  • Dream Teens pairs activities with experiences in the community to help participants engage with the community while developing social skills and skills for independence.
  • Teens and young adults ages 14 to 22 with an IEP, 504 Plan, or other disability documentation are eligible to participate. We also offer a Mini Dreamers program for ages 6 to 13 with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
  • Dream Teens also provides summer internships for incoming Juniors and Seniors. This program provides students with an opportunity to work part-time throughout the summer. Students will learn professional behavior and dress, increase customer service skills, and opportunities to budget wants/needs and much more.
  • There is no cost to participate in this program.

Summer 2023

  • Angola: July 3 through 28 (closed July 4), Easterseals RISE; contact Lucas Crager, 260.456.4534 ext. 264 or lcrager@esarc.org; deadline June 2.
  • Columbia City: June 5 through Aug. 4 (closed July 4), location TBD; contact Rachel Davis at 260.247.6950 or at rdavis@esarc.org; deadline April 10.
  • Decatur: July 10 through 28, MERIT Center, 1109 N. Dayton St., Decatur; contact Lucas Crager, 260.456.4534 ext. 264 or lcrager@esarc.org; deadline deadline June 2.
  • Fort Wayne: June 5 through Aug. 4 (closed July 4), Easterseals Arc; contact Suzanne Vertigan, 260.456.4534 ext 337 or svertigan@esarc.org; deadline April 10.
  • Garrett: July 17 through July 28, Garrett High School; contact Lucas Crager, 260.456.4534 ext. 264 or lcrager@esarc.org; deadline June 2.

Service Locations

Easterseals Arc

For more information about enrolling in services, please contact Mary Ali at agencyintakes@esarc.org or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

4919 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

260.456.4534

Easterseals RISE in Angola

For more information about enrolling in services, please contact Mary Ali at agencyintakes@esarc.org or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

907 S Wayne St, Angola, IN 46703

260.665.9408

Easterseals RISE in Auburn

For more information about enrolling in services, please contact Mary Ali at agencyintakes@esarc.org or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

By Appointment

650 North St, Auburn, IN 46706

260.665.9408

Easterseals Passages

For more information about enrolling in services, please contact Mary Ali at agencyintakes@esarc.org or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

333 N Oak St, Columbia City, IN 46725

260.244.9331

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