PICK UP A SKILL
What's on your 'someday' list? What comes to mind when you daydream about things you'd like to do and goals you'd like to achieve?
The reality is, it’s so easy to unintentionally sideline those dreams. Sometimes we just spend too much time socializing. Or living a too-digital life. Or dealing with anxiety, stress, or confidence issues. Substance use and drinking sucks up the drive to work toward dreams and goals. The time just slips away.
Maybe it’s time to evaluate how you’re spending your time and energy, in order to make positive choices and start working toward some of those goals – or just having fun trying out new and interesting things.
Aiguille Rock Climbing
While Central Florida isn’t exactly known for its mountains, the sport of rock climbing definitely challenges both body and mind. Not only is rock climbing a great skill and community, it’s also fun, and builds your confidence along with your muscles, agility, and flexibility!
Obstacle Ninja Academy
Experience a fun, supportive environment while navigating the obstacle course at Obstacle Ninja Academy. Expect a great full-body workout while being trained by instructors who have competed on American Ninja Warrior!
RDV Athletic Club
Court sports? Swimming? Circuit training? Fitness classes? Whether you want to get in shape, pick up a new sport, take on a training challenge, or enjoy the community energy of a group fitness class, RDV Athletic Club might be just the place for you.
Warrior ONE’s classes help you become your best self, both physically and spiritually. Check out their rowing, stretching, spinning, meditation, and yoga classes, and more. Strapped for cash? They offer select free classes through Zoom and at their Corrine Drive location.
If you’re looking to join a sports league, certify in lifeguarding and CPR (always an in-demand job skill,) take swimming lessons, work out, or enjoy a wide variety of fitness classes, you’ll find that and a lot more as a member of your local Y community.
ArtReach Orlando is a nonprofit organization focused on providing a variety of free arts programs and experiences to youth facing social and economic hardships. ArtReach offers several programs and partnerships in locations around Orlando. Explore and express yourself in one of their safe, supportive programs!
Brevard Watercolor Society
If you’re a Brevard County resident with an interest in painting, the Brevard Watercolor Society offers workshops, lessons, plein air outings, and more. Check out this thriving art community!
Crealdé School of Art
Art not only provides an opportunity for self-expression - it can also be therapeutic for your mind and helps your body retain muscle memory. With multiple classes for emerging artists, the Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, FL. offers a great opportunity to explore different art forms like painting, sculpting, photography, mixed media, printmaking, and more.
Interested in creating art using a variety of media and techniques? Sam Flax offers classes to introduce you to many fun art forms. You can also find all the art supply materials you need to get started with a fun new hobby. Don’t forget to check out their tips, demo and DIY project videos as well!
Super Awesome Cool Pottery
There’s something especially satisfying about creating something with your bare hands. Located just off of Orange Ave. in Orlando, Super Awesome Cool Pottery offers plenty of classes, including potter’s wheel classes, clay sculpture building, and pottery painting.
School of Rock Orlando & Oviedo
Learning how to sing or to play an instrument challenges you mentally, physically, and creatively! At the same time, it’s a great way to unwind, express your emotions and meet others who share your passion. School of Rock offers music programs that combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices.
Whether you’re a beginner or ready for more advanced training, New Horizons offers a wide variety of technical, applications and business skills training and certifications, as well as various in-person and e-learning options.
If you can’t make it out to the local library, General Assembly offers an Intro to Coding class that’s free of charge. Dates for their virtual workshops are posted up to one month in advance.
Local Library Systems
Your local library is an excellent place to begin learning new skills! You’ll find classes, events, and resources on web design, coding, foreign languages, audio production, starting a business, exploring a new hobby, and many more subjects. Library memberships are free for the county where you live.