What I liked
PALS Programs is truly a life-changing experience. I’ve learned so much about myself, others, and the world around us through these inclusive experiences for people with and without Down Syndrome. We got to play sports, sing karaoke, and go on field trips to amusement parks and the beach. One of my favorite parts is the 1:1 model where each peer is paired with a partner with Down Syndrome. This evolves into a true, genuine friendship over the course of the program and shows how we are so much more alike than different. I also love the support of the leaders who help to lead our teams in activities, facilitate small group interactions and bonding, and plan out the week. I was nervous going into my first week of PALS but everyone was so welcoming and I instantly felt like I was home.