Young adults are finding themselves living at home to cover costs


When 24-year-old Ben Zink moved to Los Angeles last March, he was hoping that he would be able to sustain himself and accomplish his major goal: moving out of his parent’s house. “I feel like I should be living on my own,” said Zink, who graduated from Grand Valley State University. “I know my parents do not mind, but I still feel bad just being here.”

Despite working as a production assistant at Helo Productions, cooking at Buffalo Wild Wings and interning at Therapy Studios, Zink ran through all of his savings in just three months in Los Angeles. “I moved home because I basically ran out of money,” Zink said. “I had less than $500 in my bank account and I needed some of it to even get back.”

But Zink’s not alone: 19 percent of college graduates find themselves living at home, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.

A program in Holt is LINKing students with some special needs peers

By Aundreana Jones-Poole
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

A program at Holt High School is changing the lives of general education students and their disabled peers. The LINKS program is a peer-to-peer support program that was implemented by The START program at Grand Valley State University to provide help to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other disabilities. The help comes from other high school students. The students who provide support are called “LINKS.” They have the option of enrolling in the program as an elective.

High tech studies Lake Huron shipwrecks

Capital News Service
LANSING — Diving isn’t the only way to get an in-depth look at the mysteries beneath the surface of the Great Lakes. Lasers, underwater robots and other innovative technologies are simplifying the discovery of and research about hundreds of shipwrecks at the bottom of the Great Lakes. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a part of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is a 4,300-square-mile shipwreck sanctuary in northwestern Lake Huron near Alpena. It has one of America’s best-preserved and nationally significant collection of shipwrecks. There are 92 known wrecks in the newly expanded sanctuary, and four have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, said Sarah Waters, the education coordinator at the sanctuary.