FUNtastic Youth Program
Our FUNtastic Youth Program fosters a safe and welcoming environment for young people with disabilities ages 14-26. Aimed at young adults experiencing the transition from high school to adult life, our programs offer education, social, and skill-building experiences for all!
Recent events included a self-defense class where youths with disabilities learned smart safety skills, a museum field trip where youths examined artifacts thousands of years old, a ceramic plate painting event where many got a chance to express their creativity, and a disco party and a pizza night where many shared fun and laughter. Contact Anna Dusbiber to learn more!
Youth Advocacy Program
Every summer, the Ann Arbor CIL holds an eight-week-long program where young people with disabilities put the Americans with Disabilities Act (or, “ADA”) into action! Students learn about the ADA and then go on field trips out into the community to test how well area businesses and facilities adhere to the law. To learn more about our Summer Youth Advocacy Program, click here!
We believe in giving back to our community. Through various service events throughout the year, youths with disabilities build real world skills and develop new and lasting friendships. Past events include the Ann Arbor AIDS Walk, the United Way Youth Day of Caring, and chore day for Neighborhood Senior Services. By getting involved, youth members demonstrate that young people with disabilities are a caring and committed group of individuals who have many talents and skills to help improve the community.
Girl Talk is a curriculum-based social-support group for young women with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 21. The group promotes independence and self-sufficiency skills while fostering a community of friendship and support. Through educational and social activities, youth gain skills and confidence to better handle the challenges they face. Topics include skills to live independently, body image, safe friendships and relationships, cooking and nutrition, employment, effective communication, safety, recreational opportunities, and more. Generally, the group meets for six consecutive weeks at various times throughout the year. For more information, contact Anna Dusbiber.
Our mentoring program pairs young adults with independent adults with a similar disability for positive mentoring activities and experiences. Mentors teach skills and serve as a positive role model and an example for how to overcome seeming challenges and live a full, meaningful, and successful adult life with their disability. If you would enjoy having a positive role model who shares a similar experience with disability, our mentoring program may be for you!
Special Education Assistance
When invited by a student or parent, our staff members can attend a school meeting with you about special education services and offer support for you. We focus especially on students transitioning out of high school to adulthood. We provide information about resources in the community, mentoring, and guidance on independent living.
Young adults who want to take a part in planning events and helping to organize and clean up after them are welcome to become part of our active Youth Council. Getting involved with the Youth Council can help you gain leadership skills and learn about responsibility!
Resources Geared Toward Helping Youth with Disabilities in Our Area
Upcoming Community Events for Youth
Please note: These are *not* AACIL sponsored events. Please contact appropriate organization for more info.
Youth-Centered Service Organizations
The Neutral Zone
The Neutral Zone is a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas.
Youth Volunteer Corps of Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor YMCA’s Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is a youth-driven volunteer program for young people ages 11-17. YVC engages youth in service learning projects that are challenging, rewarding and educational to serve the needs of the community and promote a lifetime ethic of service. During the YVC’s history at the Ann Arbor YMCA, more than 1,800 youth have collaborated with over 100 non-profit agencies to provide over 100,000 hours of service to the Washtenaw County community. The YVC school year program provides hands-on service learning projects for volunteers ages 11-17 with local non-profit agencies. Service projects are offered once or twice a month on either a weekend, on school vacation days or after school.