Youth Achieve

Youth Achieve 2022-04-06T08:16:35-04:00

Youth Achieve

Want to keep the magic of summer camp alive all year round? Through Youth Achieve, children and teens with epilepsy can remain active members of their local community, and keep in touch with camp friends, no matter the season!

Youth Achieve is the EFEPA’s way of keeping our camp community involved and engaged with quarterly in-person events throughout Eastern Pennsylvania to raise awareness, keep youth connected to their support networks, build friendships, have fun, and assist the Foundation in our mission to end epilepsy. In addition to our in-person events, we’ll periodically host virtual events to help youth stay connected with friends no matter where they live!

In addition to having fun, what will Youth Achieve members do?

  • Create opportunities for youth leadership and networking
  • Apply personal skills and interests to create real world experiences
  • Make a difference in the lives of people with epilepsy
  • Serve as representatives for local EFEPA events
  • Learn more about epilepsy and what others are doing to help
  • Reach out to key political leaders about the importance of epilepsy awareness

Youth Achieve is your way to show Pennsylvania, and the world, what the power of youth can do!

Still have questions? For more information on how to get involved, please contact our Camp & Community Outreach Coordinator, Andrew Chmielowiec at achmielowiec@efepa.org and (215) 629-5003 x103.

EFEPA Community Arts- Button Making Campaign

Want to be part of a EFEPA history, and help spread epilepsy awareness at the same time, all from the comfort of home?

Join us, and fellow members of our local epilepsy community, in the first ever Community Arts Button Making Campaign! We’ll be pressing hundreds of EFEPA Buttons that will feature your original artwork! These buttons will be used as ‘Thank You’ gifts for donors and community partners, giveaways for EFEPA events, and more – all featuring the creativity and dedication of our local epilepsy warriors, advocates, and champions!

How does it work?

  1. Fill out this short form to request some button templates, which we’ll mail directly to you! You’ll receive a packet in the mail with everything you need to get started.
  2. Get creative! Design, create, and color your buttons right on the template pages. You can draw pictures, doodle, share words of wisdom, or whatever else you’re inspired to make.
  3. When your templates are complete, mail them back to us using the pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope included in your packet.
  4. We’ll take it from here! When your templates arrive at the EFEPA, our team of staff and volunteers will press them in buttons, email you pictures of the final products you’ve created, and your buttons will be used to raise awareness in future EFEPA events!

Still have questions? Want a little more information? Contact our Community Outreach Coordinator, Andrew Chmielowiec, at achmielowiec@efepa.org or (215) 629-5003 x103.

Upcoming In-Person Events

Camp Achieve 2022

Sunday August 14th – Friday, August 19th, 2022

Camp Green Lane, Green Lane, PA

249 Camp Green Lane Rd, Green Lane, PA 18054

Camp Achieve is a week-long sleepaway camp specifically designed for children living with epilepsy. Every August, we welcome kids to experience the magic of Camp Achieve while a safe, supportive, inclusive environment is ensured by 24/7 medical supervision. 

Join us for a week jam-packed with fun, traditional summer camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, archery, arts & crafts, a talent show, and so much more! The best part? Campers meet other kids and counselors who understand the challenges of living with epilepsy, build lasting friendships, and grow!

Upcoming Virtual Events

Camp Achieve Youth Planning Committee
Once Monthly on a Saturday/Sunday in May, June, and, July (Time of Day TBD)
Virtual on Zoom

Interested in helping to plan some of the events, games, and activities at Camp Achieve this summer? Campers ages 13-17 are invited to help EFEPA staff and camp counselors plan a summer of fun!

The Camp Achieve Youth Planning Committee will meet 3 times on a weekend, once monthly in May, June, and July to talk about what makes camp so great and how we can make it even better.

For questions or more information, please contact Andrew Chmielowiec at camp@efepa.org or (215) 629-5003 x103.

To sign-up for the Camp Achieve Youth Planning Committee, please RSVP here.


The Next Step Programs- Epilepsy Transition Social Groups
Wednesdays, March 16 to May 4th, 2022 from 6 to 7pm
Virtually on Zoom

Youth Achieve 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 teens, ages 14-17 (or those within high school) 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 teens to learn more about what they need to be aware of as they are transitioning out of high school living with Epilepsy. 

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.

Upcoming Hybrid Events

Epilepsy Foundation Eastern PA – Transition Workshop Webinar Series

Hybrid Format – In-Person & Virtual Workshops Available

In-Person Location: Temple University City: 1515 Market St, Philadelphia, PA, 19102, Room 320

The EFEPA is proud to announce the return of the Transition Workshop Webinar Series in April 2022! 

Youth and young adults ages 12-21+ living with epilepsy and their families are invited to join us in April for the four-week series, which will cover topics in Medical & Healthcare Transitions, Higher Education, Employment & Vocational Training, and Independence & Self Care. Each Workshop will feature professionals and experts in their field speaking to the challenges that transition-age youth and young adults face.

While seating for in-person workshops is limited, we are proud to be able to offer a $10 Amazon gift card to the first 40 attendees to register. Gift cards can be collected upon arrival to the workshops.

In-person workshopson 4/2 and 4/23 are to be held at Temple University Center City: 1515 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, Room 320. Entrance is in the back of the building. For directions, public transit, and parking information, please visit the Temple University website. Travel and parking reimbursements and rideshare credits are available upon request.

For more information, please contact Andrew Chmielowiec at achmielowiec@efepa.org or (215) 629-5003 x103.

2022 Schedule of Events:

Workshop #1 – Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 – 11:00am-2:00pm (Hybrid: In-Person & Virtual)

Medical & Healthcare Transitions with pediatric neurologists: Dr. Akila Venkataraman from Geisinger and Dr. Lawrence Fried from CHOP.

In-Person Venue: Temple University Center City – Room 320: 1515 Market St, Philadelphia, 19102

(Light Lunch & Refreshments Provided)

Limited to 40 attendees

Workshop #2 – Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 – 6:00pm-7:30pm (Virtual Only)

Higher Education with Dr. Domenico Cavaiulo, Professor in the Dept. of Special Education and Rehabilitation at East Stroudsburg University. Also, hear from young adults diagnosed with epilepsy about their higher education experiences.

Live on Zoom

Bonus Workshop! – Saturday, April 9th, 2022 – 11:00am-12:30pm (In-Person Only)

Managing Personal Finances with Sue Pellegrino the President and CFO of Everest Discovery LLC.

In-Person Venue: EFEPA Philadelphia Office – 919 Walnut St (Suite 700), Philadelphia, 19107
Workshop – 11:00-12:00, Lunch – 12:00-12:30                                                                         

Limited to 15 attendees

Workshop #3 – Tuesday, April 12th, 2022 – 6:00pm-7:30pm (Virtual Only)

Employment & Vocational Training with Attorney Mark Natale from Malamut & Associates and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Jamie Luthy from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Live on Zoom

Workshop #4 – Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 – 11:00am-2:00pm (Hybrid: In-Person & Virtual)

Independence & Self Care with psychologists from CHOP: Dr. Carinna Scotti-Degnan and Dr. Amanda Riisen. Also, featuring Mary Beth Morgan an Independent Living Specialist- Youth Transition from Liberty Resources Inc.

In-Person Venue: Temple University Center City – Room 320: 1515 Market St, Philadelphia, 19102

(Light Lunch & Refreshments Provided)

Limited to 40 attendees

*For helpful resources and recorded sessions from the 2021 & 2022 Transition Workshop Series CLICK HERE!

For more information, please contact Andrew Chmielowiec at achmielowiec@efepa.org or (215) 629-5003 x 103.