Youth Transition Initiative
The Youth Transition Initiative works with youth with disabilities to assist them in transitioning to and from school and work. Through outreach, information, service referrals, independent living skills training, case management and peer mentoring, the program assists students with disabilities in area high schools with carrying out transition plans to successfully transition students into post secondary school independence and achievement. The program also works with area colleges to identify students with disabilities who are preparing to transition into the world of work. Youth work one on one with the peer mentor to identify and provide support to students in their transition to school or work. The peer mentor is able to link students with services they require for successful independent living and transition into higher education and/or employment. The Peer Advocate can assist in locating appropriate housing, medical services, income benefits and supportive services. Where appropriate, the peer advocate also can work with families of youth with disabilities.