(HELENA) The Montana Independent Living Project’s “Green Corps” is helping students with disabilities get work experience.
On Monday students worked on gardening and landscaping at the Great Northern Town Center and 6th Ward Community Garden.
Students are between the ages 15- 17 years old and it is the first summer for the Green Corps Program.
Students do get paid for their work, but told MTN that it is more than just a paycheck.
“If you’re out there and try to get a regular job, they’re going to ask: do you have any experience. but if you’re disabled, it’s kinda hard to get employment in the first place,” said Sean Felter, a student at Helena High School.
The program is also designed to teach the teens soft skills to prepare them for the workforce, like meeting deadlines, communication, and teamwork.
Reporter: Frances Lin