Empowerment Series

Empowerment Series occur once a week for 3 – 5 weeks. The classes build upon each other and are designed to empower individuals with Down syndrome. Registration is required. For most series, there is a one-time $20 fee to participate for the entire series. DSAGC families are welcome to use our Community Participation Fund to help cover the cost.

Below are the Empowerment Series available for Fall 2022. New Empowerment Series are offered each quarter.

  • Winter (Jan, Feb, Mar - registration opens Dec 1)
  • Spring (Apr, May, June - registration opens Mar 1)
  • Summer (July, Aug, Sept - registration opens June 1)
  • Fall (Oct, Nov, Dec - registration opens Sept 1)

Fall 2022 Empowerment Series

Reading Readiness

Ages: 4 - 5
Dates: Tuesdays (November 1 – 22)
Time: 5:30 - 6:15 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center, 4623 Wesley Ave., Suite B, Cincinnati, OH 45212
Cost: $20
Description: Your child will be led through exercises and activities which will help develop foundational reading skills including: language, vocabulary, phonological awareness, and letters & words.  Each week there will be a teaching topic, tips for parents, take-away points and tech recommendations.

Soccer Shots

Ages: Group 1 (6 – 12) + Group 2 (13 – 17)
Dates: Thursdays (Nov 17 – Jan 5) no classes on 11/24 and 12/29
Time: Group 1 (5:30 – 6:15 pm) + Group 2 (6:25 – 7:10 pm)
Location: Cincy Sports Nation, 5999 Meijer Drive, Milford OH  45150
Cost: $20
Description: Soccer Shots is an engaging children's soccer program with a focus on character development. They positively impact children's lives on and off the field through our best-in-class coaching, communication, and curriculum. 


Ages: Kindergarten – 12th Grade
Cost: $40 (cost includes tailored uniform for the season and pom poms)
Description:  Join Coaches Debbie Schroeder (former Ben-Gal), Joanie Elfers, and Missy Trame to learn the DSAGC Cheer Squad’s dance routine. After attending practices, you will have the opportunity to perform at multiple varsity basketball games and other events across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. This is a fun way to stay active, exercise, and to bring positive awareness to our communities! Please note, all cheer performances are TBD.

KENTUCKY SQUAD: Practices are Oct 24, Nov 7, and Nov 14 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at Lakeside Christian Church (195 Buttermilk Drive Lakeside Park, KY 41017)

OHIO SQUAD: Practices are Nov 7, Nov 14, and Nov 21 from 6 – 8 pm at Springdale Nazarene Church (11177 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati OH 45246)

Magnified Giving

Ages: 13 – 17
Dates: Thursdays (Oct 6 – Dec 1) no class on 10/27 or Nov 24
Time: 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Location: DSAGC Hatton Community Room, 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212
Cost: $20
Description: We are giving back to the community and learning about philanthropy! The Magnified Giving program provides curriculum, training, resources, and support to encourage service-learning and philanthropy education. We believe in youth and their ability to give time, talent, and treasure to support our communities. Registrants to this program get to learn about charity and generosity, and together, choose one local nonprofit to receive a grant of $1,000.

Theatre Program

Ages: 18 & up
Dates: Mondays (Oct 3 – Oct 24) + Tuesday, Nov 1 + Thursday, Nov 3 + Final Performance on Monday, Nov 7
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center, 4623 Wesley Ave Suite. A Cincinnati, OH 45212
Cost: $40
Lead: Matthew Gellin from American Legacy Theater
Description: Want to have fun, be a better you, and maybe even a *star*?!

Jump in with both feet to this exciting new pilot in partnership with DSAGC and American Legacy Theatre! With a commitment to making a more equitable tomorrow through accessible theatre, we are making sure you are empowered to be the best version of you!

This multi-week program will have elements of both individual and collaborative exploration that focuses on storytelling around themes and ideas important to you. This will include movement, vocalization, improvisation, mask making, and more! Our hope is to adapt flexibly to the needs of the group and improve your skills to be ready to share some of your work with friends and family by November 7.

No previous theatre experience required. However, we do ask that you commit to regular attendance and have a very open and positive mindset. We can #BreaktheWalls together :-)

Leisure Exploration

Ages: 18 & up
Dates: Tuesday, October 25 will be an Informational Meeting. From there, the series will continue Saturdays November 5, 12, and 19 in the afternoon. Times will vary based on location availability of the activities.
Location: DSAGC Community Room, 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45212 and various attractions within the Greater Cincinnati area.
Cost: $20
Description: This series will help the adult with Down syndrome explore a variety of leisure activities. The first night will be for both the Adult with Down syndrome and for parents/caregivers to discuss why it is important to participate in leisure activities and how to make time for them in your daily life. Dinner will be provided on October 25th. There will be a choice between two activities each week including cooking, crafting, fitness classes, exploring nature, music, etc. The first night, each person will choose their activities for the series and a schedule will be provided for the remainder of the series based off the selections. The activities will take place either at the DSAGC Community Room or at local attractions. After each course, each person will be able to identify what they liked about the activity, what they didn’t like and how they could continue the activity if they were interested.

Running Group

Ages: all ages, but one family/friend over age 16 must attend
Date: starting Tuesday, September 13
Time: Tuesdays 6 – 7 pm | Saturdays 10 - 11am
Location: DSAGC on Tuesdays and Mercy (1701 Mercy Health Place 45237) on Saturdays
Cost: Free
Description:  Join the DSAGC running/walking group led by Mike Smith "Smitty”. He will focus on many aspects of health and exercise, especially walking and running techniques. Any level of fitness may join, so please register with a friend or relative who is at your same pace so you can enjoy the training course safely together.
Registration:  No registration required - just email Coach Smitty at smithmi@zoomtown.com