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LiveUp Programs

February 3rd – February 16th

 

We empower our participants to learn, grow and thrive.

We are a curriculum-based program, dedicated to helping participants across four core focus areas: life skill and social skill development, healthy living and giving back.

 

We are a place for adults that like to have fun.

We are a community for adults with Down syndrome made up of brothers and sisters who come together to learn new things and have a blast!

 

We are a close-knit, family of friends.

We are a small organization where everyone knows your name. Our one-to-one weekend adventures are a short but include an immersive experience.

 

We are one team.

We are a group of collaborators that run on enthusiasm and determination. We are always looking for new partners and volunteers to join us.

 

We create an unmistakable energy.

We are fiercely committed to creating an environment with an unmistakable energy and an experience that’s greater than each person’s hopes, ideas and dreams.

http://liveupprograms.org

 

Nate

Nate

"Dog Sketch"

Nate Seagraves is a 23-year-old photographer from Glen Mills,
Pennsylvania. In the fall of 2018, Nate became one of the first students to attend West Chester University’s RAM Initiative program, a two-year certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities. In addition, he currently works at West Chester University.

Nate started taking photos in the summer of 2016. He uses his iPhone to take these photos and utilizes special tools to create the final image. “I like to photograph all of the seasons. I edit my photos. I like to “funk” them up with filters on my iPhone. I think nature is beautiful. My friends Sam and Cassidy inspire me to take these photos. Someday I
would like to take pictures all over the world,” Nate said. Nate’s photo “Open Field” received the 2017 My Perspective Award from the Down’s Syndrome Association, London, England. His photo is highlighted on the organization’s website. Nate also won 2nd place in the state of Pennsylvania’s 2017 art contest for persons with disabilities called “Art: the Universal Language Contest.”
Nate donates a portion of his photography sales to Camp PALS. PALS provides a place for young adults with Down syndrome and their peers to have fun, grow as individuals, and build transformative friendships. Nate has been attending Camp PALS for the past eight years.

Follow Nate on Facebook at Nate Seagraves, Instagram at
natesfunkypics and visit his Etsy site at NatesFunkyPics.

Olivia

Olivia

"Heart Wings"

Olivia will be 25 in February. She was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs until she was 21 and now lives in Irvine, California with her cousin Kate and her young family. Olivia was always a writer, writing songs. She has always enjoyed singing, says she’s the best singer in the family. She loves coloring in coloring books. Lately she’s into drawing fashion designs. She’s a big fan of Harry Potter, The Descendants, and the Broadway musical Wicked.

Meghan

Meghan

"Butterfly"

Meghan Latini, 25, has Down Syndrome but that has not stopped her from achieving success. Meghan works with pre-school children as a teacher’s aide. She likes to be active and participates in many different activities. To say Meghan loves music is an understatement. She listens to music every chance she gets and likes nothing better than coming home from work putting on pajamas and listening to a wide variety of music genres from 50’s music to rap and hip hop as she colors and creates beautiful multicolored drawings. She finds drawing, coloring and listening to music to be very calming and relaxing. Meghan is a member of a Special Olympic swim team and has won many gold medals. She also plays soccer. Although Meghan enjoys her many activities her real passion is dancing! She loves many forms of dance but especially lyrical and hip hop. She works very hard to learn dance routines and has won many awards in dancing competitions. Meghan is a very independent, social person. Family and friends mean the world to Meghan. She loves hanging out with her friends. The highlight of the year is when she has the opportunity to go away with the Live Up program where she gets to enjoy the independence of going out in the community with her peers participating in a wider variety of activities including singing, dancing, creating projects and volunteering in the community!

Kevin

Kevin

"Elk" & "Four Dolphins"

Kevin Bradley Wooldridge was born in Fullerton, California on October 30th, 1992.  Kevin also has an older brother named Trev, and a younger brother named Matthew.  His brothers are both actors, and they have encouraged Kevin to develop his acting skills.  Kevin attends  an acting class at the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County, each week. The class is comprised of all young adults that have Down syndrome.  Kevin loves comedy, and his favorite performing style is improvisational acting. Kevin also enjoys athletics and takes part in the Special Olympics Dirty Dawgs baseball team, and the Orange County Storm basketball team. Kevin took up painting 3 years ago, and has been progressing into a very good artist.  Painting relaxes him, and his art teacher Shilpa has been an incredible instructor to him.  Kevin’s favorite artist is Vincent Van Gogh, and his art teacher told him that the broad strokes Kevin uses in painting reminds her of Van Gogh’s style.  Kevin has a very empathetic nature, and that helps him in his approach to art.