Children & Youth About Our Youth Programs

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!

Service Projects

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.

Academic Scholarships

Every year, the Ann Arbor CIL awards its John Weir Scholarships to college-bound graduating high school seniors with disabilities.  The scholarship is open to students in Washtenaw, Livingston, and Monroe Counties. Scholarship winners must plan to study at a two- or four-year college. Applications are available each January and are due in late February of each year.  For more information, click here!

Girl Talk

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.

Mentoring Program

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!  To learn more about our mentoring program, click here.

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.

Transportation Scholarships

Are you having trouble paying for transportation to get to Ann Arbor CIL Youth Program activities?  Our Funtastic Youth Transportation Scholarship might be able to help you out. For more information, contact Anna Dusbiber.

Youth Council

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!

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