The Center for Living Independently-CNMI expects to host Saipan Southern High School students who have chosen the center as their venue for their community service starting next month.
Executive director Lydia D. Igitol said that between 15 to 20 students will spend one and a half hours on Fridays at the center on Capital Hill.
Igitol said the students will work with and get to know better the center's consumers and volunteers throughout the duration of the community service.
She said this type of program began about three years ago but was never actively pursued by the center.
According to Igitol, having students spend time at the center helps raise awareness about the center and people with disabilities in general.
Igitol said the program also helps their consumers at the center as it provides them with the opportunity to interact with community members who can encourage them to do what others can.
With several students from SSHS expected at the center this school year, Igitol expressed optimism that they would be able to promote the center as a venue for community service for the students.
Igitol said they would also like to extend the program to their consumers on Rota.
CLI-CNMI is a non-profit group run by and for persons with disabilities with the mission to ensure the rights of people with disabilities to live independently and fully integrated in the community by providing them with a comprehensive range of services that include information and referral, independent living skills training, peer counseling, transportation, and individual and system advocacy.
To volunteer or for more information, call at 322-4304 or 03.