All Kinds of News for May 08, 2019
TechieForLife (TFL) opened its doors to provide a safe co-ed environment for neurodiverse young adults, like those with Autism, to build social connections, broaden their life experiences and find career paths. Their first female graduate student, Amber Crosby, was recently promoted and joined the graphic design team at Basic Invite, where she has worked for the last year; based in St. George, Utah, the online company provides beautiful custom invitations for weddings, parties, graduations, etc.
Before attending TFL and being mentored, Amber said she had found herself “burning out with school, and directionless.” She was “hitting depression because of that.” She wasn’t really sure what to do. She was struggling and lost on what her next steps should be.
Looking back at her time at TechieForLife, Amber said she appreciated the “welcoming, really chill and fun” social environment and “the opportunities for exploration in different hobbies, careers, and jobs.” The computer coding training she also received at TFL has been “useful in understanding that end of her industry,” she said. While at TFL, Amber sometimes felt resistant to learning or trying new things that didn’t interest her. Now she sees the value in letting oneself be more well-rounded and open to new things. “A lot of times those little things come in handy,” said Amber with a genuine smile.
Amber was recently invited to come back and speak to current TechieForLife students. She encouraged them, “When you hit spots where you feel stuck, in the end there is a light and what you’re working on will pay off eventually.” Amber is looking forward to progressing in her new position at work. She’s hoping to make enough money to move to a new place that will allow her to have a dog. Amber continues to keep in touch with TFL friends, join in on some of their activities and work on occasional design projects for TechieForLife.
TechieForLife (TFL) is a co-ed, residential postsecondary school with a wrap-around career support program in beautiful St. George, Utah. Students with neurodiverse social, emotional and academic challenges, such as autism, receive mentoring so they can build social connections, confidence and independence. Licensed as a vocational school, TFL offers in-house computer tech training, college or trade school help, apprenticeships, internships and job support for individualized paths forward. At TFL, students have a place to belong and support to succeed.