Teens in Transition
At MENTOR Maryland, we know that sometimes youth need a helping hand as they prepare to enter adult life. Our community-based mental health program Teens in Transition prepares youth to live independently through a wide range of individualized treatment and services. We help adolescents who are experiencing emotional, behavioral and social challenges thrive in the community by:
- Using individual strengths to address and reduce challenging behaviors
- Preparing youth for self-sufficiency or family reunification
- Helping to rebuild family relationships
- Empowering participants and their primary caregivers to work through future crises
Teens in Transition serves youth from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of needs, including:
- Youth and families in need of help building healthy relationships
- Young adults who need help developing social, emotional, vocational and independent living skills
- Youth in need of pre-employment career training
Creating Stability, Enhancing Relationships
Teens in Transition uses an individualized, strengths-based approach to help participants and their families address emotional and behavioral issues. The program consists of three main components:
Intensive Treatment Foster Care Program
Youth ages 13 to 21 live in a family home with specially trained foster parents, who provide nurturing support, structure and supervision. Youth participate in a variety of therapeutic, social and recreational activities as well as individual, group and family therapy.
Independent Living Program
Youth ages 18 to 21 develop social, emotional, vocational and life skills needed to live independently. Upon successful completion of the program, youth transition into an apartment, where they live independently while continuing to receive supervision as well as clinical, educational and vocational supports.
Pre-Employment Training and Placement Office
Youth receive career training in order to prepare them to succeed in careers and vocations. Services include career screening and assessment, job readiness training (including interview skills and résumé writing), GED test preparation and other supports tailored to the young person’s needs.
To learn more about the Teens In Transition program and contact our staff, please visit our locations page.