Our Principles

Community Supports. Involving active participation of natural and community-based supports offers hope, encouragement, and resources for youth, young adults and their families to address needs and eliminate barriers.

Cultural Humility. Maintaining respect and willingness to avoid assumptions based on generalizations, but rather, builds on the values, preferences, beliefs, and culture of the young adult, family, and their community. Culture is key in determining a young adult’s journey and unique pathway to wellness.

Young Adult Driven. Creating an individualized plan where young adults define their own life goals and follow their unique path toward wellness. Young adults are always in the driver’s seat and have personal responsibility for their own self-care and should be empowered to advocate for themselves.

Peer Support. Developing healthy relationships with positive role models provide mutual support, such as sharing lived experiences, skills, and social learning opportunities. Peer support is very instrumental to young adults during their transitional years.

Strength/Needs-Based. Identifying meaningful and underlying unmet needs of the young adult that are chosen and prioritized by them. Utilizing positive qualities, skills, preferences and interests of the young adult and their support system guide and assist in meeting their needs.

Trauma-Informed. Providing services and supports that are trauma-informed fosters safety (physical and emotional), stability and trust, as well as promotes choice, empowerment, and collaboration.

Developmentally Appropriate. Providing developmentally appropriate services and supports facilitates a smoother transition of youth to adulthood, while taking into account what is normal for the young adult, at any particular stage in their lives.

Integrated Care Coordination. Ensuring that services and supports are integrated into one effective and seamless plan for the young adult bridges the gap between and among child and adult-serving systems.