Transitioning to adulthood requires planning that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the youth with a disability to facilitate the youth's movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.
Through a contract with Cornell and Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS) of Buffalo, the New York Makes Work Pay Initiative offers a statewide, toll-free Work Incentives Hotline to answer calls on a wide range of issues related to benefits and work.
Two of NLS's experienced benefits and work incentives practitioners, Krista McDonald and Marta Santiago, provide services to callers in both English and Spanish. The Work Incentives Hotline is designed as a short-term service to provide information and technical assistance to individuals with disabilities and provider agency personnel, including individuals who provide some form of benefits and work incentives planning services. The hotline should not be viewed as a substitute for the comprehensive services available through benefits and work incentives practitioners and Community Work Incentives Coordinators available from agencies funded through the Social Security Administration or other sources. Our staff will be able to provide referral information to an agency in your region of the state that can provide that service.
Sponsored by the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Workforce GPS is an interactive online communication and learning technical assistance (TA) platform that was designed to communicate with and build the capacity of the public workforce investment system to develop and implement innovative approaches to workforce and economic development in the 21st Century economy. This website, which offers resources and peer-to-peer connections, supplements other TA provided by ETA's national and regional staff to help the public workforce system, education professionals, and business.
On Workforce GPS you will find:
Your Rights, Your Life is a resource for youth in foster care, ages 12 and older, including youth in group care facilities. The information in this manual is specifically written for youth ages 12 and older. Certain laws or policies may have different age applications and are specified within the manual as needed.
Are YOU a youth in care wondering about the possibility of going to college? Do you have questions that need answers?
This corner is for youth in out-of-home placement and specifically addresses your needs in exploring a higher education. Wherever you may be in your educational journey this site has the answers that you need! This includes everything from the application process, what to expect in college or training, all the way to paying for college. This site is set up to help you communicate with others who have been in foster care and have successfully made it to college and even graduated. You can hear stories of their journeys and learn from firsthand experiences. Youth in care, we care for you! Let the journey begin!
Also check out Youth in Care's videos, posters and podcasts.
Youth in Progress has regional teams in six different areas of New York State. These teams are comprised of youth in care in New York State that promote positive youth development and support adult/youth partnerships and adolescents in achieving successful outcomes.
View Youth in Progress Regional Associates using our MSNavigator Mapping Tool.
YOUTH POWER! wants to make sure that youth from all over the state have the same access to opportunities to get involved! That’s why they have five Regional Teams scattered throughout the state, one in each of the five regions: Long Island, NYC, Hudson River, Central, and Western!
View YouthPOWER! Regional Teams using our MSNavigator Mapping Tool.