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Empowerment Series

Empowerment Series typically occur once a week for 3 – 5 weeks. The classes build upon each other and are designed to empower individuals with Down syndrome to try a new activity or work on a skill. 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 Winter 2023. New Empowerment Series are offered each quarter.

Winter 2023 Empowerment Series

Tumble Bees - Gymnastics (ages 0 - 5)

Ages: 0 - 5
Date: Sundays (February 5 - February 26)
Time: 12:00 - 12:45pm
Location: Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E Kemper Road Cincinnati, OH 45249
Cost: $20
Description: Tumble Bees is a gross motor development program with an emphasis of gymnastics. The Tumble Bee curriculum is designed so each activity plays a role in developing coordination, strength, spatial awareness, body control, and so much more. The activities are developed specifically to individualize the pace in which each child learns. 

In this four-week series, your child will be introduced to skills of gross motor development, strength and coordination, and early gymnastics fundamentals. This class provides multiple opportunities to roll, jump, crawl, climb, and more. Parents are invited to accompany their child in class to assist with new concepts, be hands on with some skills, and get an up-close view of their child learning.
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Soccer Shots (ages 6 - 11)

Ages: 6 - 11
Dates: Thursdays (January 19 - February 23)
Time: 5:30 – 6:15 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. 
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Soccer Shots (ages 12 - 17)

Ages: 12 - 17
Dates: Thursdays (January 19 - February 23)
Time: 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. 
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Safe, Strong, Thriving: Self-Defense (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Dates: Mondays (March 6 - March 20)
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center
Cost: $20
Description: This series of classes will provide a toolbox of immediate mental, verbal, and physical responses to risky situations - from boundary violations and harassment to physical assault. We will practice all 5 safety principles of Empowerment Self-Defense—Think, Yell, Run, Fight, Tell—through discussion, activities, and hands-on, gross-motor technique practice. Key lessons will include communicating and respecting personal boundaries, understanding consent, knowing when to leave an unsafe situation, and getting support when you need help. A primary caregiver is required to attend each session. 
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Advocates in Action (ages 18 & up)

Ages: 18 & up
Dates: Mondays (February 6 - February 27)
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center
Cost: Free
Description: Are you an adult with Down syndrome who wants to polish your public speaking skills? This workshop is for you! Participants in this interactive workshop will learn about the fundamentals of effective public speaking. We will spend time working on public speaking delivery and practicing speeches. This is open to individuals comfortable with public speaking who want to improve their skills, as well as first time speakers who may be nervous about public speaking. After completing this workshop, the DSAGC will be compiling a list of "self-advocates" who would like to join DSAGC staff in speaking at community resource fairs, schools, medical trainings, and advocacy work.
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Lifelong Learning Lab: Reading (ages 18 - 34)

Ages: 18 - 34
Dates: Tuesdays (January 10 - February 14)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center
Cost: $20
Description: Our Learning Labs are for those who have graduated high school and are looking to continue building educational skills as a young adult. Join Lisa Velagic, M.Ed. to work on reading skills throughout a variety of functional avenues. Dinner will be provided to participants each night and transportation vouchers will be provided if needed.
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Running Group

Ages: all ages, but one family/friend over age 16 must attend
Time: Tuesdays and Saturdays
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