Approximately 600 students in 25 schools across our region partake in LIFE (Learning Independence From Experience.) The program is 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, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, and Disability Network. Youth learn how to self-advocate, use their strengths, interests, & abilities to find a successful career path, employment skills, conflict resolution and 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 check book, and use their ATM/debit card. In addition to monthly lessons, participants are invited to attend two Student Transition Conferences per year at the Lake Ann Camp – one held in the fall and one in the spring.
Interested in learning more about LIFE? Contact Jessie Bachmann at 231.922.0903, ext. 313.