Youth Transition is a service offered to individuals with disabilities ages 14-24. This is an independent living service that helps youth identify, pursue, and accomplish their goals in regards to transitioning from high school to adulthood. Youth can receive services one on one by meeting with a youth transition specialist or Independent Living Specialist. These one on one services train youth on creating SMART goals to increase their independence. Transition or Independent Living specialists guide youth in the process by helping them identify community resources and teaching youth independent living skills.
Examples of goals:
- “I want to live in my own apartment”
- “I want to Learn how to sign my name in cursive”
- “I want to get a job so I can pay my bills”
- “I want to improve my verbal communication skills”
RCIL can provide transition services to any of RCIL’s core counties for individuals with disabilities ages 14-24
When will there be a youth transition specialist in my county?
Currently, RCIL only has a Youth Transition Specialist serving Lyon county, however RCIL plans to expand youth transition efforts to Osage County in 2022 and Coffey county in 2023. A youth transition specialist does not need to be present in their county for an individual in transition to receive transition or independent living services from RCIL. Call your local RCIL office for more information.
Youth Transition Club
The Resource Center for Independent Living is inviting you to join Youth Transition Club. This group is for youth and young adults (ages 14-24) with disabilities in Lyon County.
In this group, youth will have the opportunity to learn independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and employment skills. Along with learning skills that will help equip them for adulthood, youth will be able to participate in community events such as the farmers market, going to the zoo, and engaging in recreational activities such as disc golf.
As this group grows and develops, youth and young adults will have the opportunity to accept and pursue leadership positions and opportunities within the group that will prepare them with the leadership skills needed to be a voice in their community.
This group will meet monthly on Monday evenings at 5:00 PM. Currently, all meetings will be virtual via Zoom until further notice.
Youth Services are funded through the Jones Testamentary Trust