Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15, 2022. REGISTRATION HAS ENDED AS OF APRIL 15!

About the Young Adult Retreat

Are you a young adult diagnosed with epilepsy between the ages of 18-30? We invite you to connect with others facing similar challenges and spend the weekend with us while we network, bond, learn from, and laugh with each other.

The Young Adult Retreat focuses on addressing the needs of young adults with epilepsy by developing a supportive network where you can share your own unique experiences and challenges. It’s an opportunity to meet others living with epilepsy, learn essential life and wellness skills, and recognize and build upon personal strengths. All of the weekend’s activities are designed to build a supportive community, dedicate time for socialization, introduce relaxation and stress-management techniques, explore future planning, and time set aside to talk directly with medical professionals. This exciting weekend will leave you feeling refreshed and energized!

Due to staffing, we kindly request that all participants be able to administer their own medications and independently perform basic daily living skills, such as dressing and bathing. We will have medical staff on-site for the duration of the retreat to address emergencies.

Volunteer Opportunities

With each Young Adult Retreat, we are also looking for volunteers to act as adult mentors. In addition to participating in the majority of the retreat’s events, you’ll support young adults by sharing your own personal experiences, providing guidance, and helping to build confidence and foster independence.

Medical volunteers make our weekend retreats possible by providing around-the-clock medical support in the event of emergencies. In support of our Young Adult Retreat, we ask for 2 or 3 medical volunteers to attend. For more information on getting involved with the EFEPA as a volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form.

FAQs

Where will the Young Adult Retreat be held in 2022?
Like in past years, the 2022 Young Adult Retreat will take place at Camp Green Lane, in Green Lane, Pennsylvania.

Is there a cost to attend?
The Young Adult Retreat is free to attend for all participants, adult mentors, and medical volunteers.

How can I register?
The first step is to reach out to Camp & Community Outreach Coordinator, Andrew Chmielowiec, and let us know that you’re interested in attending. As we near the 2022 Young Adult Retreat, you’ll receive more information, and instructions on how to register through our online system.

How else can young adults get involved with the EFEPA?
Young Friends of The Foundation is a social group for young professionals, ages 21 and older, affected by epilepsy. Whether you are living with epilepsy, a sibling, partner, friend, or healthcare professional, we invite you to join us for our monthly meetings!

Upcoming Virtual Events

The Next Step Programs- Epilepsy Transition Social Groups

Tuesdays, March 15th to May 4th, 2022 from 6 to 7pm
Virtually on Zoom

The EFEPA is proud to partner with The Next Step Programs for their upcoming Epilepsy Transition Social Group!

TSG Epilepsy is a program that is designed to support young adults, ages 18+ (or those within who have already transitioned out of high school, or are about to) living with epilepsy. Through the course of these 16-weeks, we will cultivate an environment in which participants can feel open to sharing personal experiences they have gone through in regards to living with Epilepsy. Additionally, TSG Epilepsy is a place for young adults to learn more about what they need to be aware of as they are transitioning into adulthood and living with Epilepsy. TSG Epilepsy is a place for young adults to have fun, make connections with others, and forget about the stressors of everyday life

To register, or for more information about The Next Step Programs and their Transition Social Group, please visit The Next Step websiteFinancial assistance available upon request.

Questions? Contact Andrew Chmielowiec for more information at achmielowiec@efepa.org or 215-629-5003 ext. 103.


Special Thank You to Our 2021 Activity Sponsors:

Thank You to Our 2021 Wellness Sponsor:

Thank You to Our 2021 Participant Sponsors:

If you are a business or organization interested in sponsoring the Young Adult Retreat, please contact our Development Manager, Melissa Fairchild, at mfairchild@efepa.org or (215)-629-5003 x106.