When you make the journey from adolescent to adult, many aspects of your life are going to change. Ultimately, you will need to work on all of them. This series breaks the subject of transition down into smaller segments. Take your time and get your footing with each topic before you try to put it together into decisions and action plans that work best for you. Remember, it is best not to try cover all the important terrain in one pass!
Do yourself a favor and gather all your important documents and records BEFORE you need them. You will need them eventually and when you need them, you will be so glad to have them available.
Leaving high school and taking the next steps to further your education is a big decision and difficult for every teen. With the right preparation and support it is very doable. Again, planning is key. This information pack contains information to help you prepare for your transition to higher education.
Earning your own money by getting and keeping a job is one of the fundamental milestones of passage into adulthood. Work experiences, both paid and voluntary have been recognized as critical components of future work success.
Learn how to anticipate your living expenses and where the money will come from; learn to make good spending decisions, pay your bills responsibly, and keep your money safe; prepare for future financial needs both planned and unplanned.
Transitioning to adulthood is a challenging time for all young people, but it can be especially challenging for youth leaving the foster care system. Fortunately, there are additional services and supports to help you transition to independence.
Successful transitions don’t just happen. They take a lot of planning, preparation, and practice. The earlier you start, the more prepared you will be when it’s time to make the transition. As you plan for your future, keep your health care needs in mind so that you can stay healthy.
When you're leaving care, one of the biggest things to plan for is housing. You may be asking yourself questions like, "Where will I live?" and "How will I afford my rent?" "Will I rent a whole apartment or just a room?" Will I move back home with my family?"
As a person with disabilities, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities of others.
Keeping a healthy balance between meaningful work and maintaining a satisfying personal life is vital for your happiness. Learn to build and keep positive, supportive and safe relationships.