Approximately 1000 students in over 41 schools across our region partake in LIFE (Learning Independence From Experience), Community LIFE, Beyond Barriers, and School Transition Services.
The programs are provided through a partnership between Traverse Bay Intermediate School District, Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District, Crawford Oscoda Ogemaw Roscommon Intermediate School District, Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Education Service District, Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Disability Network.
Youth learn how to self-advocate, use their strengths, interests, and abilities to find a successful career path, employment skills, conflict resolution, stress management, as well as budgeting and banking.
Juniors and Seniors involved in the class connect with their local banks to open a checking account, balance their checkbook and use their ATM/debit card. In addition to monthly lessons, participants are invited to attend Student Transition Conferences to learn about self-advocacy and job skills.
A LIFE student courageously climbs to the top of the platform preparing to jump off and safely land on the ground among their peers.
LIFE students learn team building and confidence skills at Lake Ann Camp.