Courage Center Duluth Receives $15,000 Grant

By KBJR News 1

November 2, 2011 Updated Nov 2, 2011 at 11:22 AM CDT

Duluth, MN - (Northland's News Center) - Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Northland Foundation, 35 students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Duluth community will get to take part in a special after-school program.

The pilot program is a collaboration among Courage Center Duluth, School District 709 and UMD's Department of Health.

The students will experience a variety of outdoor recreation activities as well as enhance their communication and social skills.

Sports and Recreation Program Coordinator for Courage Center Duluth, Mark Hanna, says this program will help young people with Autism develop healthier lifestyles.

"If we get students in the habit of building their recreation skills in grades two, three, four, that the chances of them continuing and being healthy adults is much greater, exponentially, for all people, not just for youth with Autism," Hanna says.

Hanna said students will have a one-on-one ratio, giving them the opportunity to have a volunteer or mentor with them at all times.

Written for the web by Danyel Piecek.