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The GiGi University programs are innovative and educational programs for adults with Down syndrome. These programs are offered free of charge and focus on career development with emphasis on confidence, computer skills, customer service, team building, health and wellness. The GiGi University programs are designed to motivate and train adults with Down syndrome to achieve their highest potential.

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GiGi Prep is designed to prepare adults (18 and older) with Down syndrome for professional readiness through the introduction to and development of skills including money management, public speaking, customer service, team building and wellness while preparing them for GiGi University.

GiGi University provides enhanced training and skills practice, preparing learners (18 and older) with Down syndrome to prepare them for professional readiness through the development and application of skills including interviewing, money management, public speaking, customer service, computer skills, team building and wellness.

Studio Internship provides graduates of GiGi U a 15-week Career Skills Training Program to continue their learning in a retail business setting while gaining crucial experience in customer service, money handling, team building, and computer skills while building their resume.

 Core Areas of Curriculum:


  • Self- Esteem
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Advocacy


  • Fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Safety

Whole Self:

  • Communication Skills
  • Special Interests
  • Career Skills

Expectations for participation:

Progression toward achievement of goals throughout the programs involvement, completion of homework assignments and skills practice, parent involvement, attendance at meetings, and support for program activities.

upon successful completion

participants will:

  • Participate in a 15-week Career Skills Training with GiGi’s Playhouse Gift Shop
  • Receive a personalized resume highlighting their skills and abilities
  • Receive a referral to potential work opportunities based on the participant’s interests, skills and abilities

why gigi u?


Each week at GiGi U, students work toward a higher level of personal achievement and give their “Best Of All”.  Find out more!

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GiGi Prep meets for four hours twice a week for 6 weeks.  Download Your Application Here!

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GiGi U students meet for four hours three times a week for 15 weeks. Download Your Application Here!

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Graduates of the GiGi University become working interns at our Gift Shop using the skills learned, gaining real life career skills.

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GiGi U is provided free of charge, eliminating barriers for adults with Down syndrome to participate. GiGi’s depends on your support to continue

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