Transition age youth with mental health challenges face many difficulties as they move into adulthood, as child-serving systems give way to adult-serving systems with varying eligibility requirements. Achieving success in important domains of their lives; like education, work, stable housing, transportation, relationships can be very daunting. Many of these youth have become system “weary” and “wary” and have no interest in being a part of a system designed and run by adults. The Bridges to the Future aims to be the conduit bridging the gap to services for youth, maximizing their potential and to teach them how to take the driver seat of their own plans of action and their futures.
The Transition Coordinator is working with a smart, outgoing teenager who is not a stranger from overcoming adversities. When she first joined the Bridges program, she was looking for more options to help transition into living independently. She was initially worked part-time and needed more hours so that she could find an apartment she could afford. While she still is working toward saving for her first apartment, she has been promoted to a full-time employee, opened a savings account, and signed up for her own insurance plan. The youth has made significant progress from first entering our program to being able to shape her own path with positive assurance and reinforcement. The youth is currently working and is in the process of applying for Montgomery County supplementary programs.