Frequently Asked Questions...
What is STARS?
STARS stands for Special Teens Achieving Real Success and is for teens ages 12 to 18 with Down syndrome. Sessions are run by DSG Staff, PRNs, and Volunteers who work with teens on social, prevocational, and community building skills within a relaxed and supportive environment. STARS usually meets once weekly, with higher frequency during winter, spring and summer breaks. Take a look at our Facebook Page for more info!
How do I start?
Once your child with Down syndrome turns twelve, they are welcome to begin attending STARS event sessions. New to STARS? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a welcome packet. Then check out our Upcoming Events and register for an event online!
How much does it cost?
The Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City currently covers the cost of STARS events and activities with no fee to DSG families. To donate to this special program, please click here.
Who can particpate?
Teens who have Down syndrome between the ages of 12 -18. Teens may attend until they turn 19.
Do parents stay during the events?
All STARS events are a "No-Parent Zone" unless otherwise stated. This helps encourage independance and social skills development amongst teens. DSG provides plenty of support staff and volunteers to help with each event, and this allows the teens to hang out with their friends in a comfortable and safe setting.
What if my teen has their own paid support staff?
Teens who may need extra support are welcome to bring Support Staff to STARS events. A Support Staff CANNOT be a parent. Please register Support Staff when RSVPing for your teen.
Do I need to RSVP to events or can my teen show up?
You must register your teen monthly events. Since spaces are limited, we cannot accept your teen without an RSVP. Please visit http://www.kcdsg.org/STARSevents to register.
What if an event is sold-out?
STARS events are extremely popular and unfortunatley sell out quickly. If an event is sold-out you will usually have the opportunity to add your teen to the event wait-list on the event page. If you do not see a wait-list button on a particular event, please email email@example.com.
Is there food provided during these events?
The calendars denote if lunch,dinner or snacks are provided during our events. During the school year, we often provide snacks and refreshments, however, it is usually a good idea to have dinner before events unless dinner is expressly provided.
How long are events?
During the school year, events are typically held Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00pm. During spring break or summer camp, events are held during the day for three hours. Please check the event page for accurate start and end times.
How do I receive future information about STARS?
Make sure you and your teen are on the DSG Mailing List with correct information and birthdate for your teen. We mail out calendars and information quarterly to families within 75 miles of the DSG Office. Please call the office at 913-384-4848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to add or update your information.
Want to see STARS pictures and other fun posts?
Join DSG of KC STARS group on Facebook!