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24
Sep 2019

It’s a Thursday afternoon at the end of July and the common room here is full with the sound of teenagers playing video games, each taking turns playing the winner of the last round. A table overflowing with snacks and school papers is at one end of the room. In the room next door, carrel-style desks provide quieter space for reading, studying, and tutoring. On the chalkboard wall, giant letters make it clear what this is all about: “In this place, with these people, I feel safe.” This is The Landing, a......

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28
Aug 2019

“When I first came in , I was fighting with my family, doing drugs, couch-hopping.  Now I’m back in school, almost graduating, moving into my own house in about six months, so I’ve really turned around in 6 months thanks to this program.” — Erin, a Bridges to the Future graduate Young people like Erin are what keep us in this work. Watch the video above to hear his story....

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24
May 2019

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council convenes the Bridges to the Future – Interagency Advisory Team (IAT) which is comprised of representatives from agencies in Montgomery County that serve transitional-age youth and young adults (Y/YA) with mental health challenges ages 16-21 years old. This cross-system collaborative team is brought together through a common desire to provide the best continuum of services and supports services to create a smoother pathway for a healthy transition into adulthood.  The team shares successes, identifies barriers to services, and collectively addresses needed policy or program changes. The IAT......

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24
Jan 2019

The System of Care – Bridges to the Future has been serving youth and young adults (Y/YA) with mental challenges and their families for the last year.  Bridges pairs a transition coordinator and a peer support specialist with Y/YA and together create a youth-directed support team (family, friends, mentors, teachers, as they identify them).  A future transition plan is developed to identify strengths and needs, set SMART goals and objectives, create a wellness plan, keep motivation and celebrate successes.  Bridges believes that achieving success in important domains of youth and young adult......

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03
Jan 2019

As we all know it’s hard out here for us millennials, student loans, diminishing job opportunities, glass ceilings, and everything in between. It takes a toll on us and sometimes we forget who we are under the pressures of the world and in our vacuums. Becoming so wrapped up in your work, you forget to eat or do the daily things that bring you happiness or just make you who you are. Pressure. For me the young professionals retreat was about how to remain yourself and grow within the world you created......

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11
Dec 2018

In the month of October, a Transition Coordinator worked with a 20 year old female who was very introverted, and had trouble engaging in social activities and struggles with time management. During this time of working with her, she was very quiet. The Transition Coordinator was able to share her lived experience that was relatable. During weekly visits, the Transition Coordinator was able to build a rapport with the young adult, who began opening up and discussing her difficulties and needs. One main focus was completing school. She stated that she needed......

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