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What does Youth Transition mean?

It means changing the role of a student in the school environment to becoming an adult who participates in the community. This participation includes holding down a job, getting a post secondary education, living independently, socializing with friends, getting married and raising a family, and being a productive member of your community.


How does the Youth Transition Program Work?

When the student turns 14 years old, or sooner if deemed necessary, a transitional Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting occurs in which SCIL's Youth Transition Specialist may be invited by the student, parent or school coordinator.
It is important for the student to be present at the transitional meeting to express their interests and preferences for the future are expressed. Student focused planning is the key. Parents also need to actively participate in the youth's transition phase.
After the IEP, the Youth Transition Specialist maintains contact with the student and parents to work on issues surrounding the transition phase and to introduce students and parents to other area service providers.
Workshops will be offered periodically to students to work on life skills.
Workshops will also be offered for parents.

SCIL's Youth Transition Specialist has ongoing contact with the schools, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and agency providers to work as a team for the student's benefit.



Qualifications to Receive Services:
    • Have a disability
    • Be a student at the middle school or high school level
    • Be willing to work on transition goals with SCIL and the school staff
    • Be motivated


Supports and Services the Youth Transition Program Offers:
    • Support Groups for teens
    • Support Groups for parents
    • Educational Workshops
    • Independent living skills training:
Budgeting Money
Time Management
Social Skills
Problem-Solving Skills
Home Management
Relationship Skills
    • Disability Mentoring Day participation.
    • Transition Services
    • Needs Assessment: Living & Working
    • College Preparation
    • Employment Exploration
    • Resume Preparation
    • Interviewing Skills
    • Skills Maintenance
    • IEP Assistance
    • Self-Advocacy Awareness and Education
    • Transition Newsletter
    • Referrals and Links

For more information, contact Youth Transition Specialist at SCIL, 217 523-2587 v/tty.

Youth Transition Services