What is the new name of South Bay Down Syndrome Association?
Club 21 South Bay Community Group (Club21SB)
How did this change come about?
The Board of Club 21 Learning and Resource Center have been in a Strategic Planning process for 6 months. One of the outcomes is that they would expand their reach to families who live farther away by adding Community Groups to their structure. They have been researching how other organizations provide support to families who live a distance away from the DS Affiliate group. There are several models for this type of partnership. At our December SBDSA Board of Directors meeting, we voted to become one of these Community Groups, ensuring the continued growth of our local organization, supporting families and children with Down syndrome in the South Bay. We have been working together diligently since November to ensure a smooth transition.
I was a Member of SBDSA? Am I now a Member of Club 21 and for how long?
YES! All active SBDSA Memberships have been transferred to Club 21 (a $45 value). Your Membership is good for calendar year 2017 (January 1 – December 31, 2017). January 1, 2018 your $45 membership to Club 21 Learning and Resource Center will be due and paid by YOU!
Is Club 21 a non-profit organization?
Yes! Club 21 is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization. Tax ID #26-2887301
Does Club 21 have a website?
Will there be local Club 21 contacts in the South Bay?
Yes! Karen Cull and Roz Mooney have accepted the role of Club 21 Liaisons for Club21SB. This is a 2-year commitment, and we are excited to work closely with Club 21 on the growth and expansion of our South Bay group.
Will former SBDSA Programs continue in the South Bay?
YES! The following programs will remain in the South Bay and are currently scheduled through the spring of 2017: Play Dates, Monday Night Meetings, Youth Group, Social Nights, Annual Family Fun Events, Super Signers and UpVoice.
Will we be able to see activities for Club21SB on the Club 21 website (www.clubtwentyone.org)?
Yes! News of our activities will be updated on a Community Group section of Club 21’s website. The SBSDA website will remain active as well until September 2017. Useful files from the website will be transferred to our Facebook Community Group.
How will our local activities be funded?
Club21SB activities will now be funded by Club 21. We will need to actively participate in fundraising for the organization as a whole so that we can continue to serve our families with the support we need. We have created a budget for 2017 to fund all of the current/ongoing programs that were mentioned above.
How can I make a difference at Club 21?
If you have previously contributed to SBDSA financially, please continue to do so through Club 21. This is where our funding will now come from to ensure our existing local Programs continue. To start, you can change your Amazon Smile account from SBDSA to Club 21 Learning and Resource Center, Save the Date, May 6, 2017 for the Club 21 Spring Fundraiser in Downtown LA. Begin to think about creating a team for the Together is Better Walk in October. There are many needs for ALL our families. It will take ALL of us giving our resources, time and talent.
What are some of Club 21’s Programs?
Club 21 has many valuable programs for all families, and children of all ages. See below for a brief description of some of the programs.
Come and enjoy good company as we celebrate our wonderful children together.
The Learning Program is designed to supplement traditional education.
This program supports educators and parents on their educational life. The 4 Pathway seminars will be Good Beginnings, Smart Start, On the Road, and What’s Next? Life After High School.
Every Child A Reader is a one-on-one literacy tutoring program focusing on the development of reading and writing skills.
Families can also schedule individual consultations with our Family Support Liaisons, who are trained to help parents network with other families and find the community resources that they need for their child.
Club 21’s Saturday Speaker Series provides a wide range of guest speakers that provide important information for parents, caregivers and professionals in our community.
Club 21 Learning and Resources understands that supporting an individual with Down syndrome means supporting the entire family. Our Sibshops are a way to support.
Join a group of dads on the second Monday of every month. The dads group meets to develop relationships, openly share and build community amongst the dads of Club 21.
The group is for moms of people with Down syndrome. We meet once a month on the 3rd Monday.