Kristianna Young

Kristianna Young is a perfect example of beauty and grace. She is an African American woman with Down syndrome who is making her mark. Kristianna is an 18 year old, healthy, vibrant, energetic and happy teenager. She has been involved with The Down Syndrome Association of Middle TN since she was an ambassador as a baby. Her family participated in DSAMT’s annual awareness event as soon as Kristianna could walk. She has participated in and benefitted from several developmental programs and services offered by DSAMT for social/emotional well-being, speech, reading, summer camps and much more to help her to thrive in every way.

Kristianna was recently presented to society as a Debutante in the Cotillion Ball/Jabberwock sponsored by the Fortitude Foundation of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter. She was crowned as the second runner up to Ms. Jabberwock. Kristianna also graduated from Pope John Paul II College Preparatory Academy in Hendersonville, TN in May of 2023. She plans to participate in the Transitions Program through Metro Nashville Public Schools in the fall, which is a vocational training program. The Young family is super proud of Kristianna and they encourage parents of children with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome to believe that our children can reach their full potential through consistent participation in as many activities as possible. They feel it makes all the difference!

“On March 23, 2005, my husband, Derek and I, were given the greatest opportunity to experience God that we have ever had in our marriage: the birth of a wonderful little girl Kristianna Grace, which means, “lovely, graceful, follower of Christ. Through Kristianna our faith is strengthened and we have come to know God in a new and very special way. In our weakness, He is made strong.” - Allyson Young, Mother