Positive Youth Development

How Individualized Education Program (IEP) Transition Planning Makes a Difference for Youth with Disabilities

Youth who receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and especially young adults of transition age, should be involved in planning for life after high school as early as possible and no later than age 16. Transition services should stem from the individual youth’s needs and strengths, ensuring that planning takes into account his or her interests, preferences, and desires for the future.

Youth Transitioning to Adulthood: How Holding Early Leadership Positions Can Make a Difference

Research links early leadership with increased self-efficacy and suggests that leadership can help youth to develop decision making and interpersonal skills that support successes in the workforce and adulthood. In addition, young leaders tend to be more involved in their communities, and have lower dropout rates than their peers. Youth leaders also show considerable benefits for their communities, providing valuable insight into the needs and interests of young people

Civic Engagement Strategies for Transition Age Youth

Civic engagement has the potential to empower young adults, increase their self-determination, and give them the skills and self-confidence they need to enter the workforce. Read about one youth’s experience in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).

Youth M.O.V.E. National

We spoke with Youth M.O.V.E. National, Youth M.O.V.E. Miami – Though the Arts, and Youth M.O.V.E. Jacksonville in person and by phone in July 2014 and again via email in September 2015

LaRay

We spoke with LaRay by phone on July 13, 2011.

Sixto

We spoke with Sixto via email in April 2012.

Hayley

We spoke with Hayley via email in April 2012.

Kayla

We spoke with Kayla via email in November and December 2013.