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

  • September 8 - Outdoor Movie Night - 7-9 PM
  • Popcorn, pizza, drinks and a movie outdoors in our garden area.

  • September 23 - Writing Workshop - 6-8 PM
  • Creative and healing writing workshop led by Shamama Group.

  • October 15 - Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery - 2-4 PM
  • Donuts, cider, apple picking, corn maze, wine!

  • - Third Annual AYA Halloween Ball - Virtual Edition
  • Contact Kelsey at [email protected] for more information

  • November 11 - AYA/Teen DIY Project Night & Fowling - 6-8 PM
  • AYA/Teen crossover event. A chance for our teens that are nearing the transition to the AYA group to get to know our members. There will be fowling and DIY projects.

  • November 23 - AYA Friendsgiving - 6-8 PM
  • Bring a dish to pass and join us for Friendsgiving Dinner and game night!

  • December 8 - Drawing with Victoria - 6-8 PM
  • Our very own (and very talented) Victoria will lead the group with drawing lessons and techniques!

  • December 18 - Holiday Party - 6-8 PM
  • Wear your best (or ugliest) holiday sweater and join us for some holiday fun!

View the calendar PDF here

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