Paving the way to Independence

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 help passing math. The Transition Coordinator and Peer Support Partner came by to play different board games, such as monopoly, in order to help assist young adult with giving and receiving proper change and understanding money management as well as different math problems. The young adult received her G.E.D and was very excited about her accomplishment.

The young adult had another goal, which was to try to get a job and to open a savings account. The transition coordinator worked with the young adult on open ended questions, role playing for job interviews and how to dress. The Transition Coordinator and the young adult spoke on the phone and met up to 3 times a week at home or the mall. By doing this, the Transition Coordinator was able to let young adult be in charge and feel free to open up socially. The Transition Coordinators gave the young adult a calendar so that she could write down different appointments, and learn how to create time frames to better assist with time management and being organized. The Transition Coordinator also gave the young adult a metro card to assist her with going to interviews. The Transition Coordinator also helped the young adult pay for her phone bill to keep the connection between program and future employers available. The Transition Coordinator assisted the young adult with filling out applications at stores as well as on the computer. The young adult felt comfortable enough to call the Transition Coordinator and stated that she had a job interview and was nervous. The Peer Support Partner and the Transition Coordinator were able to go with young adult to the interview and go over wellness. The young adult got the job and is currently employed at Target. She also worked with the Peer Support Partner to open up a savings account for emergency funds. Young adult opens up and expresses her feelings. She is now very confident and social. Young adult also built a relationship with a significant other. She is very happy. She still calls for advice and general conversation.

Building a Bridge to Foster Communication
In the month of October, a transition coordinator worked with two brothers who were having trouble at home, specifically with their mother. Prior to October, the brothers were living with a friend of the mother, who had worked with them in a mentoring program (ACES). At the time the transition coordinator was able to enroll one of them in Montgomery College, while the younger one was in high school and working part-time. Meetings were held bi-weekly with the boys and mother to help them build their relationship, express their concerns, and come up with solutions to their challenges. The brothers returned home with their mother. Their home was closer and more accessible to their high school and the college.

Opening the Door to Socialization
During the month of October, Bridges to the Future hosted a movie night with a lot of the youth. One youth initially did not want to come to come. She is not comfortable around people. With support and encourage from staff, the youth came to the move night and had fun. She made some new friends and became a much more social person after the get together. She started making YouTube videos and became more active with a lot more people. She gained confidence and felt comfortable with other people.