After a limited summer programming season last year, we are excited to return with a full schedule in 2021! Continue reading for returning favorites, new opportunities, and event save-the-dates. If you have questions about any program, please contact Program Director Nate Clark at nate@dsawm.org. We look forward to seeing you all this summer!

**Please note, for all our Buddy Up Tennis athletes, Buddy Up will return this fall at MVP Athletic Club.
New Opportunities This Summer!
Self Advocate Leadership Board
Who: Members aged 16+
Where: TBD
When: Twice monthly, dates/times TBD

Have you been seeking opportunities to grow your leadership skills? Do you want to have a say in the programs and direction of the DSAWM? We are seeking outstanding candidates to join our first Self Advocate Leadership Board at the DSAWM. The Board will get to discuss current issues in the community, ways to promote inclusion, new activities they may be involved in, ways the DSAWM can improve and reach more members, and much more. Members of the Board will also participate in leadership growth activities, guest appearances to learn from other local leaders, team building opportunities, and much more. The Board will meet twice per month (days and times to be determined). DSAWM members aged 16 and older are eligible to apply. This is a 1 year position, with the option to renew annually.
Ottawa County Program Days
In-person
2017
Who: Members of all ages
Where: Ottawa county, exact locations TBD
When: Weekly, dates/times TBD

Come on out this summer and join Nate Clark (DSAWM Program Director), Yazmine, and Emily (GVSU Rec Therapy Interns) as we lead fun summertime activities at an Ottawa county park (TBD). We will meet once per week throughout the summer. Each day there will be a 30 minute session for younger members focused on motor skill development and socialization followed by 60 minute session for teen/adult members that incorporates activities from our most popular young adult programs.
Kalamazoo County Program Days
In-person
Who: Members of all ages
Where: Kalamazoo county, exact locations TBD
When: Weekly, dates/times TBD

Come on out this summer and join Nate Clark (DSAWM Program Director), Yazmine, and Emily (GVSU Rec Therapy Interns) as we lead fun summertime activities at a Kalamazoo county park (TBD). We will meet once per week throughout the summer. Each day there will be a 30 minute session for younger members focused on motor skill development and socialization followed by 60 minute session for teen/adult members that incorporates activities from our most popular young adult programs.
Summer Day Camp
In-person
Who: Members of all ages
When: Monday-Wednesday, July 12-14

DSAWM and Ada Bible Church volunteers are partnering to offer a 3-day day camp this July at the new SOMI center. Sessions will be offered each day for multiple age groups. More details about the camp and registration will be shared in June.
Summer 2021 Programming Schedule
Aging with Down Syndrome
Virtual
Who: Caregivers of adults with Ds aged 30+
Where: Online via Zoom
When: 4th Mondays monthly from 5:45-6:45pm

Caregivers of individuals with Down syndrome over the age of 30 are invited to this support group sponsored by DSAWM and Alzheimer’s Association. Participants share experiences and discuss the process of caring for loved ones growing older with Down syndrome.
Baby Sign Language
TLP speech playgroup
Who: Members aged 5 and younger
Where: TBD
When: TBD

With just a few simple signs from American Sign Language, you can start communicating with your child – even before (s)he starts to talk! Signing is fun, easy to do, and great for your child’s development! More details about dates/times, location, and registration coming soon.
Book Club
Hybrid
Who: Members aged 16+
Where: Manhattan Park (beginning in June), with online option
When: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays monthly from 5:30-6:30pm

Teens and adults with Down syndrome are invited to join Bobbie for Book Club where members are currently reading The Incredible Journey. All reading levels are welcome. Book Club meets in-person at Manhattan Park. We will practice social distancing to ensure everyone’s health and safety. If the weather is poor, we will meet online via Zoom.
Cooking Capers
Hybrid
Who: Members aged 16+
Where: Hybrid of online and in-person (location TBD)
When: Online the 1st & 3rd Thursdays, June 3 - August 17 at 6pm and In-person the 2nd & 4th Thursdays, June 10 - August 24 at 6pm

Cooking Capers introduces teens and adults to culinary terminology, cooking methods, measurements, and kitchen safety while crafting a delicious, healthy recipe. We will start limited in-person Cooking Capers in June. We plan to host outside classes at various parks around Grand Rapids utilizing recipes on a grill, or those that don't need any cooking. We will practice all covid-19 safety procedures, wear our masks, etc. We plan on having low numbers to start, so we may have multiple classes. Online Cooking Capers will continue on Zoom every other week.
MNO & DNO
In-person
Who: DSAWM parents
Where: TBD
When: Monthly, dates/times TBD

Moms' Night Out (MNO) and Dads' Night Out (DNO) give parents the opportunity to share experiences and support over dinner with others raising children with Down syndrome. Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo area moms have resumed MNO and the lakeshore group will likely resume soon. If you are interested in participating or learning more, please email the appropriate contact below.
Music Jamboree
Virtual
Who: Members of all ages
Where: Online via Zoom
When: TBD

Our popular Music Jamboree series, hosted by Music Therapist Leah Brown, will continue online this summer! More details about dates/times, age groups, and themes will be shared soon.
OT Social Group
In-person
playgroup
Who: TBD
Where: TBD
When: TBD

Grand Valley State University OT students will return to DSAWM this summer to lead a series of social activity groups for members. More details about dates/times, location, and age groups, will be shared soon.
Rapid Runners
In-person
Rapid Runners
Who: Members aged 14+
When: Mondays, June 7 - August 30 from 6:30-7:30pm

Rapid Runners is a fun program that encourages participants to maintain great health, get exercise, meet new friends, and tackle a 5k race. Members aged 14+ are invited to join coaches each Monday at Manhattan Park where we will stretch and do some warm ups as a group. Runners will then be paired with volunteers to work on their jogging and walking. This training is based on the couch to 5k model. We will be training to eventually participate in a local 5k race TBD. We plan to practice social distancing while running and encourage parents to help enforce and encourage loved ones to follow the guidelines to keep everyone safe.
Summertime with Sammy
In-person
evelyn
Who: Preschool/Young Elementary aged members & their siblings
Where: TBD
When: Wednesdays, June 22 - August 5 at 10am

Erica Bode, DSAWM parent and former Board Member, will be leading these fun, interactive classes for young members. Come on out to a local Grand Rapids park (location TBD) each Wednesday for singing, dancing, games, and much more.
Summer 2021 Events
Adaptive Water Ski Clinic
July 16
Who: Members aged 7+
When: Friday, July 16, time TBD

Join DSAWM and Kentwood Parks and Recreation for another Adaptive Water Ski Clinic at Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids. Two sessions will be offered in the morning and afternoon for members aged 7+. More details and registration will be shared in June.
Member Summer Picnic
July 25
Who: All members
When: Sunday, July 25, time TBD

Each summer, DSAWM families gather at Tunnel Park in Holland for a members-only day of friends, food, and fun in the sun. This year, we're planning a BYO picnic event with live entertainment, games, and more! More details and registration will be shared in early July.
Step Up For Down Syndrome
September 18
Who: Everyone!
When: Saturday, September 18, time TBD

Step Up for Down Syndrome is the largest Down syndrome awareness event in Michigan and DSAWM’s annual fundraiser. Families, friends, and the public are invited to this community celebration and walk where we come together to support our loved ones with Down syndrome. More details about this year's theme, activities, and schedule will be shared soon! As in 2020, we plan to offer an at-home option for families not yet comfortable attending an in-person event.
Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan
(616) 956-3488 | www.dsawm.org