August 2, 2019 1:08 PM
Dane Lisser

Millikin student helps Macon Resources, Inc. with daily vocational services

Macon Resources, Inc. (MRI) is a non-profit organization in Decatur, Ill., that provides services to promote the growth, independence and self-worth of children and adults with disabilities.

MRI's Kids Connection programs include: children's prevention and home visiting, day care, and after-school care and summer camps. MRI also offers opportunities for adults including case management, residential services, life skills training, vocational training, job placement and volunteerism to achieve a meaningful place in the local community.

Cody Cannon is entering his senior year at Millikin University and is pursuing a degree in instruction development. The Mt. Zion, Ill., native is interning this summer at MRI assisting with daily vocational services.

"It's Decatur's best kept secret," Cannon said in an interview with WAND-TV. "I've lived here for a long time and I didn't even know this place existed."

Cannon added, "I help other groups and take them around and get involve with them. Sometimes I help my boss build curriculum."

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Cannon wanted to pursue the internship at MRI because he has a brother with autism. He has helped with Special Olympics in the past and has been the head football coach for a local team.

Ryan Raleigh, manager of Day Vocational Services at MRI says, "Cody has been great, because we've been in the process of redoing all of our old curriculum here for our vocational and life skills program. So, I've been able to pull him in and have him help."

Cannon noted that summer internships are a great way to get first-hand experience for a future career.

"You never know if you are going into education or something what you really want to do until you get out into the field," said Cannon. "If you don't do an internship during your summer break then you get into the job after graduation and you may not enjoy it. Luckily, I enjoy what I'm doing right now and this is what I want to do when I graduate."