Welcome to the AYA page!


AYA Movement

What is the AYA?

The AYA Movement of West Michigan was founded in 2016 as a program of Children’s Healing Center by three young adults searching for connections with others going through a similar life threatening diagnosis. AYA stands for Adolescents and Young Adults and is part of nationwide effort to support the needs of this population group.

What does the AYA do?

AYA hosts social experiences, shares resources, and works to continuously develop a close-knit community of young adults doing life together and sharing empathetic relationships. We do activities such as game nights, grill outs and life coaching in a fun and casual environment. Our local AYA program is geared for young adults ages 18-26.

Want to get involved?

If you are interested in learning more about AYA and joining us for an event, please contact Kelsey Sankovic at [email protected]

We look forward to meeting you!

Let's stay connected!
Read our AYA blog posts here.

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Events coming up

  • July 22 - Grill the Docs
  • From 6-8 PM, join us for dinner and yard games with some of your doctors! A chance to spend time with them outside of a medical setting.

  • July 27 - Teen/AYA Outdoor Movie Night
  • Movie and popcorn outside in our garden area! 6-8PM.

  • - Email Kelsey at [email protected] for more information on events.

  • August 11 - Punch Needle Art + Gratitude
  • Create your own embroidery and participate in group led gratitude activities. 6-8 PM.

  • August 21 - Lake Michigan Beach Day
  • End of summer beach party at Grand Haven City Beach! Lunch, drinks, sand, friends, relaxing, swimming! 11a-2p.

  • - Email Kelsey at [email protected] for more information on events

Learn more about our supporting resources

Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation
Stupid Cancer
Beautiful You By Profile
Adult Congenital Heart Association
Gilda's Club Grand Rapids