New program for youth with disabilities in Rochester

Youth Skill Building program looks to help children grades 6-12 prepare for life.

Posted: Sep. 13, 2018 7:06 PM
Updated: Sep. 19, 2018 7:16 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- A new program in Rochester aims to help teach children with special needs valuable life skills.
SMB Disability Solutions was created in 2005 to help adults.
Within the last 12 years, owners Steve and Marita Buehler saw that it was also children that needed opportunities to grow and prepare to live life independently.
“We realized there's such a need for these young transitional young adults,” said Steve “My dad had a serious and persistent mental illness and so that's kind of where the heart comes from behind this company.”
The program is called the Youth Skill Building Program.
The goal is to provide opportunities for kids to grow. Program director Lauren Riess explained how this program is different from others.
“We might be teaching them how to get to the library or the awesome trail system that Rochester offers we basically want to prepare them for adulthood in their community,” said Riess.
The program is for children in grades 5th-12th grade.
You can apply in person at their building on 75th street northwest in Rochester or fill out an application online, Click here.

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