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AIM: Teen & Young Adult Program

The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress’ AIM: Teen and Young Adult Program is for 13 to 22 year olds and their families. We get together during the school year to have fun, meet peers, and learn new things!

Our 2020-2021 program is happening on Zoom!

To learn more and get involved, please contact Colleen Endres, MDSC Teen & Adult Services Director, at or 781-221-0024 x207. 

Please check out the MDSC Facebook Page for upcoming AIM events, and contact us to learn more. We hope to see you soon!

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The MDSC’s AIM: Teen and Young Adult Program provides fun, inclusive, interactive events each month for teens and young adults 13 to 22. AIM participants develop leadership and self-advocacy skills, form meaningful relationships with peers, and build their self-confidence in an encouraging environment.

AIM members meet once a month on Sunday afternoons throughout the school year. These regular Sunday meetings take place at the Newton YMCA. Additional social opportunities are planned over the course of the year at various locations throughout Greater Boston.

AIM members not only have a good time. The program strives to enhance participants’ social skills, foster leadership and self-advocacy skills, boost self-confidence, promote fitness and healthy living, and provide knowledge of job and career options. AIM also provides community service opportunities, and encourages social relationships between youth with and without Down syndrome. 

In the past, AIM participants have:

  • Practiced the art of meditation in yoga workshops
  • Learned to recognize and respond effectively to unsafe situations
  • Formed a team to participate in the MDSC’s Buddy Walk & Family Festival
  • Sharpened dribbling, passing, and shooting skills in basketball clinics
  • Provided critical support for the MDSC runners in the Boston Marathon
  • Learned movement and expression techniques in theatre workshops
  • Danced their hearts out at AIM parties

AIM Group

Leah T., 15 years old

I like AIM because it is about making new friends with Down syndrome. We learn all kinds of things and we do yoga and drama. Sometimes we play basketball. We had a holiday dance where there was a DJ and we got to dress up and dance. All kids can be different sometimes. I think that AIM is the best program ever.