a sample of paass activities

PAASS Classes & Camps

We’ve partnered with Mill Valley Recreation and Marin YMCA to offer our participants a wide range of ongoing classes, summer camp opportunities, and private instruction. Due to popular demand, we encourage early registration.
PAASS classes and camps are taught by professionals who have years of experience working with special needs youth and young adults in Mill Valley and the Bay Area. In addition, devoted student volunteers from local middle and high schools greatly contribute to the success and enjoyment of our participants.
A nominal registration fee is required for participation, however scholarships may be available. Contact us for more information.
If you’re interested in volunteering or want to sponsor a PAASS participant or program, please let us know. Thank you for your support!
Camp PAASS Without Boundaries cooking fun

In Partnership with Mill Valley Recreation

We’re excited to announce several new options being offered for adaptive needs youth and young adults at the Mill Valley Community Center. There’s something for everyone! Details about upcoming classes are outlined below. Click here to view the Mill Valley Recreation & Community Center Fall 2017 Activity Guide. Click on the buttons to download the registration form or register online for an additional fee.

Registration for Fall 2017 Classes Currently Open

Sign up via Online, Fax-In, Mail-In, or Walk-In.  To register, download the form and mail or return to Mill Valley Community Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941 or fax to (415) 383-1377.

Mill Valley Community Center

180 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Adaptive Needs Martial Arts Marin County

Martial Arts for Adaptive Needs

Course began September 15, 2017

A Martial Arts class designed with movements and techniques that are geared towards students with various Adaptive Needs. This format will be both insightful and physically experiential. In addition, sensitive individually as well as collectively, creating a safe, fun, and energetic environment. Self confidence and self esteem will be emphasized and practiced! Al Loren is the teacher of this class with over twenty five years of teaching experience in the Adaptive Needs area. He is well known in Marin County for his gentle way and successful results. 13 classes per course. Open to All Ages.

Instructor: Al Loren

Dates: Fridays, 9/15 – 12/15  * No class on 11/24
Time: 4:05 – 4:50 PM
Fee: $226 per course
Course # 42697

Location:  Mill Valley Community Center, Dance/Fitness Room
(upstairs in Aquatics & Fitness Center building)

Making Frittata
click here to view and print recipe

Cooking for Independence

Course began September 11, 2017

GLOBAL CUISINE: In this hands-on class your child will learn about culture and recipes from around the world. Travel and prepare American food, Italian classics, Asian fusion, and much more! Parents or a chaperone may be required to assist during the class. Please come to first class to assess with Chef Derek. Cost includes food & supplies. All parents or chaperones are asked to come for the first class to assess whether or not their child is able to attend the class without a chaperone. If your child will need 1:1 guidance, a chaperone will be required to stay and assist. 13 classes per course. Open to Ages 14 and older.

Instructor: Chef Derek Chase of Chase Culinary Education

Dates: Mondays, 9/11 – 12/4
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Fee: $201 per course
Course # 42698

Location: Mill Valley Community Center, Kitchen

PAASS Meditating

NEW!  Yoga

Course began September 13, 2017

Adaptive yoga for kids with special needs is a way to incorporate the benefits of traditional yoga with the particular needs of your child, regardless of his/her disability. Yoga uses breathing practices and body postures to strengthen muscles, improve balance, increase body awareness, promote relaxation and emotional regulation. With the use of props and modified poses, Adaptive Yoga yields the same benefits of traditional yoga. Class begins with a guided breathing practice, warm-up movements, posture/asana and ends with deep relaxation. Students are encouraged to work at their own level and the instructor will provide modifications when needed. Most classes are led with music. Parents/caregivers are welcome to participate. 6 classes per course. Open to Ages 7 – 14.

Instructor: Awesome Kids Yoga

Dates: Wednesdays, 9/13 – 10/18
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Fee: $122 per course
Course # 43704

Dates: Wednesdays, 10/25 – 12/20 * No class on 11/22
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM 

Fee: $162 per course
Course # 43705

Location:  Mill Valley Community Center, Kids Watch Room
(downstairs in Aquatics & Fitness Center building)

NEW!  Adaptive Golf

Course began September 6, 2017

This is a great introduction to the game of golf and is taught in a fun and interactive way using a combination of both traditional golf instruction methods and very non-traditional ways. The bottom line with the MV Adaptive Golf program is FUN! Discover the basics of swinging, putting, and etiquette! The purpose of the program is to give youth with adaptive needs the opportunity to learn and enjoy the great game of golf. The ultimate goal is to have all of the athletes play golf well enough so they can participate with friends, family, and others. Golf instruction is provided by Aaron Young, an experienced golf teacher/adaptive sports coach and member of the Tam High Golf Team. Course is limited to 5 children. Parents/caregivers are welcome to participate. 7 classes per course. Open to Ages 8 – 13.

Instructor: Aaron Young

Dates: Wednesdays, 9/6 – 10/18
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Fee: $106
Course # 43824

Location:  Mill Valley Community Center, Lawn Area

PAASS Exercise

NEW!  Strength & Conditioning

Course began September 7, 2017

Join Coach Tilda for a fun and adaptive exercise class that focuses on building a foundation for physical activities and self-confidence. In a safe and energetic environment, we will emphasize body awareness, functional movements, and balance. We use various exercise tools and sports equipment to develop cardio, strength, and motor skills. One parent or chaperone is asked to come for the first class to assess whether or not their child is able to attend the class without a chaperone. If your child will need 1:1 guidance, a chaperone will be required to stay and assist. 4 classes per course. Open to Ages 11 – 18.

Instructor: Coach Tilda

Dates: Thursdays, 9/7 – 9/28
Time: 4:45 – 5:45 PM
Fee: $102 per course
Course # 42894

Dates: Thursdays, 10/5 – 10/26
Time: 4:45 – 5:45 PM
Fee: $102 per course
Course # 42895

Dates: Thursdays, 11/2 – 11/30  * No class on 11/23
Time: 4:45 – 5:45 PM
Fee: $102 per course
Course # 42896

Location:  Mill Valley Community Center, Dance/Fitness Room
(upstairs in Aquatics & Fitness Center building)

Mill Valley Recreation

NEW!  Independent Life Safety Skills

Course begins on October 24, 2017

The goal of this class is to help foster independence within these young adults by teaching them to feel more comfortable about living independently, working in the community, and taking care of themselves unassisted. Topics covered include: Basic First Aid, Basic Nutrition & Healthy Eating Habits, Introduction to Police & Fire Department, Safe Independent Living Life Skills such as how to use a fire extinguisher, Basic CPR, and Community Awareness Training. Course mostly meets at the Community Center, but may meet at the Public Safety Building. All parents or chaperones are asked to come for the first class to assess whether or not their child is able to attend the class without a chaperone. If your child will need 1:1 guidance, a chaperone will be required to stay and assist. 6 classes per course. Open to Ages 16 and older.

Instructor: To Be Announced

Dates: Tuesdays, 10/24 – 12/12
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Fee: $92 per course
Course # 42893

Location:  Mill Valley Community Center, Tamalpais Room
(2nd Level in the Main building)

Swimming lessons at Camp PAASS

Adaptive Needs Swim Lessons

Interested in having your child learn to swim?

The Aquatics & Fitness Center offers private swim lessons for adaptive needs youth in addition to inclusive programs depending on swimmer’s ability and demand for safety in the pool.

Please contact the Aquatics Coordinator at 415-383-1370 to inquire.

Dance classes at Mill Valley Rec for PAASS

Kids Dance Brigade for Adaptive Needs

Everyone can dance. Joy has no limitation. In an adaptive needs dance class with Mr. Tom, students can fully express themselves in a friendly environment. In the study of dance, students will experience motor skills and a visual aesthetic can develop. Parents, family, and caretakers are welcome to participate. Open to All Ages.

Instructor: Tom Mayock

Location: Mill Valley Community Center, Dance/Fitness Room

(upstairs in Aquatics & Fitness Center building)

To know more about the teacher, go to www.tommayock.com

In Partnership with Marin YMCA

Marin YMCA

Marin YMCA

1500 Los Gamos Dr.
San Rafael, CA 94903

Marin YMCA Youth Adapted Exercise

Registration Now Open. Classes are ongoing throughout the year.

Youth Adapted Exercise is a weekly, small-group class designed to help individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities provide a foundation for building a more physically active lifestyle through skill development and games. Classes cover motor development, circuit training, continual movement, spatial awareness, balance and equilibrium development, with the help of various sporting and exercise tools. Each class will begin with a short movement warm-up, followed by a set of stretches. The group will then transition into skill development, which will lead into a game or activity.

Instructor Brooks Emerson has been teaching sports and swimming techniques to individuals of varying abilities for more than 8 years. He is certified in Personal Training, Therapy Exercise, and Youth Development through the International Sports Science Association.

To sign up, please register online or submit an intake/registration form at the Marin Y front desk. Classes have a minimum of two and a maximum of 6-8 participants. All classes are on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Marin YMCA Multi-Purpose Room. For more information, contact Brandon Drake at (415) 446 2178 or bdrake@ymcasf.org.

Are you a high school or middle school student interested in volunteering? Contact us for more information.