Tweens & Teens UP! (ages 8-17)
Tweens & Teens UP! (ages 8-17)
A program of DSNetwork, Tweens & Teens UP program is offered in both the East Valley, North Valley and West Valley. Youth with Down syndrome participate in monthly community-based outings, opportunities and activities to socialize and meet friends in a supportive atmosphere. The group meets the 2nd Saturday of the Month (some exceptions – see group details.) Transportation is provided to the activity for participants who don’t live within reasonable proximity of the service area. For example, transportation will pick up participants in the West and North Valleys for an outing in the East Valley. Outing locations vary month to month and all groups are invited to attend the common outing.

Topics and activities include, but not limited to:
– Building relationships and friendships
– Community awareness and outreach
– Job Skills training in community establishments
– Team Building Activities
– Cooking / Activities of daily living
– Group Outings and so much more

NOTE: Locations/Outings subject to change.
(If child has behaviors, toileting/feeding difficulty, please have an assistant/habitation/respite provider attend). DSNetwork provides respite care for this group at a ratio of 3 youth to 1 provider. Respite care for Tweens & Teens UP is provided by Absolute HCBS.

2019 Group Details

  • Tweens & Teens UP! meets the second Saturday of each month except for March, October and December.
  • Cost per group outing is $10.
  • Scholarships are available upon request when registering.
  • Outings include transportation (if applicable), respite care, healthy snacks, drinks and admission/activities.
  • Group participants should wear their RED Tweens & Teens UP! t-shirts at every outing. Each participant will receive a group t-shirt at their first outing.

2019 Group Dates: 

Jan 12 | Activity: Mad Science Show at Mesa Convention Center (Part of the Aging Conference)

Feb 9th | April 10th | May 11th | June 8th | July 13th | Aug 10th | Sept 14 | Nov 9th

Upcoming Groups

Meet the Facilitator – Kacie Perry

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Tweens & Teens UP! 2017

Tweens & Teens UP! 2018

  • For events outside of the West Valley, we will provide transportation for participants at a centralized West valley pick up location. You must select that you are requesting transportation when registering, or we will assume that you have your own ride.
  • WV Drop Off/Pick Up Location: Twisted Cultures Yogurt Shop, 9240 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ  85305 (Northern Ave/Loop 101)
  • Drop off time frame: 1:15pm – 1:45pm.
  • Pick up time frame: 4:45pm – 5:30pm.
  • Parents – you will be given a more accurate drop off/pick up window 24 hours prior to each outing.

  • For events outside of the East Valley, we will provide transportation for participants at a centralized East valley pick up location. You must select that you are requesting transportation when registering, or we will assume that you have your own ride.
  • EV Drop Off/Pick Up Location: Down Syndrome Network Enrichment Center, 1445 E Guadalupe Rd, Ste 103, Tempe, AZ  85283 (Guadalupe Rd/McClintock Rd)
  • Drop off time frame: 1:15pm – 1:45pm.
  • Pick up time frame: 4:45pm – 5:30pm.
  • Parents – you will be given a more accurate drop off/pick up window 24 hours prior to each outing.

  • For events outside of the North Valley, we will provide transportation for participants at a centralized North valley pick up location. You must select that you are requesting transportation when registering, or we will assume that you have your own ride.
  • NV Drop Off/Pick Up Location: Dunkin Donuts, 3137 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032 (Cactus Rd/SR 51)
  • Drop off time frame: 1:15pm – 1:45pm.
  • Pick up time frame: 4:45pm – 5:30pm.
  • Parents – you will be given a more accurate drop off/pick up window 24 hours prior to each outing.