Kids and Teens Programs
(Ages 8-17) - Camp Candlelight is one of the most cherished programs offered by the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona and one we believe can be a life-changing experience for a child with epilepsy. Camp Candlelight is one week of summer fun, featuring activities such as rock climbing, ziplining, S’mores around the campfire, horseback riding, arts and crafts and nature hikes. More important than the activities, Camp Candlelight is an opportunity to bond with other children who experience the seizure disorder. Campers range in age from 8 to 15 and the counselor-in-training provides mentoring and leadership development for teens 16 and 17 with epilepsy. Visit the Camp Candlelight
page for more information.Dotty the Dalmatian Has Epilepsy
(Pre-K through 2nd Graders) - This picture book is about a Dalmatian puppy, Dotty, who volunteers in the fire house. Dotty experiences a seizure and wants to know if she can continue working with her fire fighting comrades. Her mother and the fire fighters ease her concerns and not only does Dotty have the opportunity to ride on the fire truck during an emergency, she receives an honor from the Fire Captain himself.Kids on the Block
(3rd – 5th Grade) - This puppet show reaches children through a program that entertains the facts about epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition that is all too often misunderstood. The Kids on the Block program on epilepsy features puppet character “Brian McDaniel”, a 12-year-old who has epilepsy. The true merit of the program lies in the educational format of the performances. Scripts with lively dialogue and situations involving Brian and his friends, other puppet characters, enable Brian to talk about epilepsy, explaining the condition. During the course of each show the audience is invited to ask questions directly to the puppet characters. When children ask Brian “What is it like having epilepsy?” or “What should I do when you have a seizure”, Brian can replace myths and misconceptions with facts and sensitivity.Take Charge of the Storm
(Ages 11-18) - Seizures and You: Take Charge of the Storm is an epilepsy awareness program targeting teens and pre-teens. Students who complete this program will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of epilepsy as a medical condition, identify and learn about different types of seizures and know what to do and what not to do when someone is having a seizure.Arizona Youth Leadership Council
- Arizona Youth Council provides a venue for youth mentorship. Youth Council members serve as ambassadors or public spokespersons for the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona’s mission. Membership in the council includes youth who may or may not have epilepsy. Members of the Youth Council serve as local program and youth outreach materials advisors. Kids Speak Up
- As part of the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona’s advocacy program, kids with epilepsy from all over the U.S. and their family members attend the Kids Speak Up Program and the Epilepsy Foundation’s Public Policy in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the dual programs is to bring together people with epilepsy to learn about new approaches to treatments for epilepsy, understand the social impact of epilepsy on the family system, as well as to recognize the power that each one of them has in making a change in epilepsy awareness and understanding. The culmination of the three day weekend are Capitol Hill visits by the kids with epilepsy, their families and affiliate members to bring the messages learned to their respective Senators and Representatives.