Transition Planning & Action / Youth Transition Services
Sometimes you need a little help to get moving. That is why we’re here.
Transition Out of Nursing Homes
If you are ready to leave a nursing home, then we are ready to help. We can facilitate your move into a private residence and give you the support you need to live independently.
Transition Planning and Advocacy
You do not want to just pack up and leave. You need a plan. We are available to anyone who requires help mapping out their move, and we’ll also work with your nursing home or other institution to make sure you can live the way you want.
YOUTH TRANSITION SERVICES – IGNITE PROGRAM
WHAT IS THE IGNITE PROGRAM?
Ignite is a program directed toward identifying and empowering you with disabilities who may encounter challenges transitiong into adulthood after school. The program staff will foster a commitment to young people that will promote independence through self-determination, self-advocacy, strong interpersonal skills, and a hope for the future.
WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO SUCCEED?
• Access to a quality education
• Information on career options, including structured internships
• Develop social, civic, and leadership skills
• Access to safe places to interact and make connections with peers
• Support services and accommodations to become independent
These opportunities can steer families, institutions, and youth themselves through the transition processes..
IGNITING RESULTS, ONE STEP AT A TIME
When our participants finish the Ignite Program, we know they will be better equipped to address adult issues they will face once they transition from post-secondary education, such as:
• How to lead a self-determined life
• How to present themselves when seeking employment
• Employment readiness skills
• Financial responsibility
• Management of their own home
• How to be a good team player
• How to handle conflict
• How to make good decisions about where to live, recreate, and work
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS?
All individuals are referred differently but most often through a state vocational rehabilitation services organization. Referrals may be made by school counselors, teachers, parents or other important supporters connected to the youth.
Summer Youth Program
Disability Network West Michigan will be offering three separately scheduled summer program opportunities for youth with disabilities. The goal of the summer program is to offer youth an opportunity to develop their goals and plans for what will come after they complete their secondary education.
IGNITE Session I
A peer to peer teaching program designed for youth with disabilities. Our goal to inspire youth to live full and independent lives. The program sessions are uniquely designed to peak the interests of today’s youth; focusing on their needs and strengths. Some of the ground we cover includes; disability history and disability rights, self-discovery, valuing yourself, communication and problem solving, steps to employment, internet safety and self-directed IEP’s.
IGNITE Session II
A transition program designed to assist youth with disabilities develop the skills and strengths they will need after school; with the hope of inspiring them to live full and independent lives. The program sessions are uniquely designed for the interest areas of today’s youth. Some of the ground we cover in this program includes; self-discovery and valuing self, career exploration, work readiness skills, digital footprint, money management and housing options.
Need more information about our Youth Transition Services?
Ja-Relle Thomas at 231-332-4034 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Muskegon County)
Danielle Bennett at 231- 557-7849 email email@example.com (Newaygo/Oceana County)
You can also get in touch with our office at 231-722-0088.