The transition from adolescence to adulthood is an important time for young people. For young people with disabilities, many of these developmental milestones are hindered by physical and attitudinal barriers. ILCHV supports a Youth in Transition program, which includes life skills training, (such as self-advocacy and conflict resolution), visits to work sites and to post-secondary educational institutions , resume writing and other job related skills and meetings at the ILC that focus on building self-esteem and leadership skills.
Classes are held every two weeks from September to June. Some classes have speakers who provide information on services, or teach life skills, or tell their own stories as working adults with disabilities. During the summer, the group meets less often, and the focus is on planning and holding events such as a trip to a state park for swimming and grilling, or a pizza party.
The group is open to people ages 13 to 30, from anywhere in the Capital Region.
If you want to know more about the Youth in Transition program, call ILCHV and speak to Brennan Williams, Youth in Transition Specialist.