Transition-Aged Youth Project
Transition age youth are at an exciting time in their life journey:
they build identity and express individuality, learn to take meaningful risks, and discover more of their strengths as they navigate new terrain. Via Hope defines Transition Age Youth as youth and young adults ages 16-24.
For youth and families that have experience with the mental health system, this is also a time in one’s life that can represent uncertainty, as youth prepare to leave children’s services to either pursue a life in the community without formal support, or transition into adult services. It has been found that some 75% of serious behavioral health challenges such as bipolar and schizophrenia appear by the age of 18. An increasing amount of research also shows that previous or current exposure to traumatic experiences are associated with both mental health and substance use challenges, as well as delays in neurological development.
Via Hope TAY Initiatives and Activities
- Consulting and educational support to organizational teams that want to promote resilience in their work; in 2017, Via Hope provided onsite training and consultation to Haven for Hope (a creative and groundbreaking homeless serving organization) and San Antonio State Hospital;
- Assisting TAY with mental health challenges in settings they frequent, such as schools, employment centers, juvenile justice centers, and homeless shelters;
- Developing a training for peer specialists and family partners that serve TAY to work more effectively with this population;
- Evaluating national youth peer support programs for applicability to Texas;
- Participating in National, State, and local initiatives that affect, or are specifically for TAY; and
- Assisting HHSC in defining and implementing a program to treat TAY needing intensive case management
The Transition Age Youth (TAY) Initiative aims to help organizations learn and develop practices that support and expect resiliency, assist youth to transition to young adulthood making their own life-supporting decisions, and elevate youth voice in a way that improves services and the environment. Recovery Institute initiatives are designed to support the implementation of new practices, shift organizational culture, promote innovation, and increase collaboration within and among teams.
To learn more about Via Hope’s youth and young adult initiatives and activities, please contact our Transition Age Youth program manager Kamala Joy.
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