Talking to people who have the same anxieties helps my child feel not alone.Allergy Pals USA parent
It’s a big world out there, and living with food allergies, celiac disease, or other dietary restrictions can be tricky! Camp Blue Spruce is proud to offer the Allergy Pals USA online peer mentorship program, which supports kids and teens with food allergies and other dietary restrictions as they navigate their daily lives.
Upcoming Session Info
Seven Sundays beginning April 11, 2021
PACIFIC 1:00 – 2:00 PM
CENTRAL 3:00 – 4:00 PM
EASTERN 4:00 – 5:00 PM
PACIFIC 3:00 – 4:00 PM
CENTRAL 5:00 – 6:00 PM
EASTERN 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Free, but donations kindly accepted
How It Works
Through our upbeat weekly Zoom meetings, participants make new friends from across the country, play fun games, and learn new skills with others who “get” living with allergies! Each one-hour session is led by mentors who create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for participants to ask questions and share their experiences. Whether you’re new to our program or a returning participant, it’s a fun and exciting experience every time! This program is free, but donations are kindly accepted!
Who is this for?
Allergy Pals (2nd – 4th grade) connect with others living with food allergies and dietary restrictions, learn how to be an advocate, and have fun with other kids who “get it.”
Allergy Allies (5th – 7th grade) complete exciting creative missions while receiving the support middle schoolers need to live fully with food allergies.
Participants in both programs gain a sense of belonging and a community of people who understand the unique challenges of living with food allergies, celiac disease, and other dietary restrictions.
Mentors receive training on techniques to encourage productive conversations, and never offer medical advice. Every session has a live program coordinator ensuring that meetings are on-time, on-track, and a positive experience for everyone. (This is Abigail Morrow, our Program Coordinator!)
Be an Allergy Pals USA Mentor!
I had a rewarding experience getting to know these kids and being able to help them navigate their allergies.2018 Mentor
Would you like to make a positive difference in the lives of kids with food allergies? Do you “get” what it’s like to manage your dietary restrictions? Looking to help others through your own life experiences? We are seeking mentors with food allergies or celiac disease ages 14+ for the Allergy Pals USA program.
Junior Mentors (Teens, ages 14-15) looking for leadership development and hoping to have a positive impact on youth and teens living with food allergies.
Mentors (ages16+) looking for leadership opportunities.
As a mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to guide participants through various activities and conversations that will aid them in their day-to-day lives with food allergies. Your job is to create a space where kids feel safe and comfortable to share, connect, grow, and learn together.
About the Program
Loved it! My child seems more confident and independent.Allergy Pals USA parent
The program was originally created by Food Allergy Canada in conjunction with the Social Support Research Program at the University of Alberta and is brought to the United States through a partnership between Camp Blue Spruce, the University of Alberta, and John F. Kennedy University.
For more information, please contact:
Abigail Morrow, Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org