LIFE (Learning Independence From Experience)












Approximately 1000 students in over 41 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, Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Education Service 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.

A LIFE student courageously climbs to the top of the platform preparing to jump off and safely land on the ground among their peers.


Empowering Youth through our LIFE program

LIFE students learn team building and confidence skills at Lake Ann Camp.