JAAR Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designed to help children, ages 3-18, who are neurodiverse and/or in the foster care system. We believe in the therapeutic power of water to cultivate strong bodies, fit minds, and happy futures.
"See I like swimming in the water. I learned good safety. I felt excited because I can swim better." - Jack, 16
We serve children of diverse needs and backgrounds, including children with disabilities, children with mental illnesses, and children in the foster care system. Prior to providing water-safety lessons, we require an educational and/or medical diagnoses to be disclosed. Otherwise, we accept alternative document(s) of eligibility, so that we are able to provide the best and most informed level of care for each participant.
JAAR Program has designed a series of specialized, developmentally appropriate swim lessons. The sixteen levels meet children where they are and allow for them to progress at their own pace. All lessons are designed so that instructors can easily collect data and ensure that participants are making appropriate progress towards water-safety.
JAAR's competitive swim team will be formed from participants who thrive in lessons. Children who complete eight to twelve levels will be well-prepared to join our swim team. The swim team community will provide further opportunities for our youth to socialize with peers, learn cooperative skills, develop confidence, increase self-esteem, and gain a sense of belonging.
We need your help to make Eugene a water-safe community! Please contact us for more information regarding volunteering, donating, corporate sponsorships, partnerships, and other opportunities with JAAR Program.