Students With Disabilities Reach Out by Volunteering

A summer program is teaching students how to live independently—and giving them an opportunity to volunteer.

Nearly 30 students with disabilities are learning about independent living from the Disability Network of Northern Michigan.

They have a summer program called Community Life that teaches on subjects like riding the Bay Area Transportation Authority bus, banking and budgeting.

They’re also volunteering both at the National Cherry Festival, Kristen Conrad, with the Disability Network of Northern Michigan, says the students are loving their jobs.

“They were thrilled the second they got their t shirts,” she says. “They just lit up, being able to interact with the kids here and the community members—they are feeling like such a part of the community—and a lot of the time they don’t feel that way. It’s a phenomenal opportunity.”

The students range in age from 16 to 26.

They will also be volunteering at the Traverse City Film Festival.

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