Transitions can be difficult, especially for young people who are graduating or aging out from high school. There are many unknowns beyond high school and it can be confusing to determine what comes next when planning for future employment, education and independent living.
Ardmore takes a person-centered approach to help both the student and their parents sort through the wide variety of options available in Prince George’s County for those who are eligible for Maryland’s Transitioning Youth Initiative through DORS, DDA or both.
Our goal is to assist with a seamless transition from school to the next phase of life—meaning, if we begin working with students early enough, they would have a job when they exit the school system. Our strategy for success is to get to know students while they are in school, preferably at age 15 or 16, and develop a relationship with them as we help them assess their skills, career path, work ethic, soft skills, and dreams.
Ardmore’s Customized Employment Team will work diligently to ensure a smooth changeover between school and employment, volunteerism, and/or post-secondary education. We like to meet students where our services take place: in the communities where they live and attend school. Initial information meetings (often referred to as “tours” by other community service providers) can be arranged at local libraries, coffee shops, or even at a person’s home. We encourage students to meet with as many community service providers as possible to determine which provider is the best fit for their specific post-graduation goals.
As we move forward with our efforts of customized employment and community supports, we ask that all incoming transitioning youth:
- are certified to use Metro Access,
- are willing to use public and other transportation (travel training support is provided),
- are willing to utilize a service that does not operate inside a building or center, and
- understand that it takes varying amounts of time to secure real jobs.
For more information on what Ardmore can do for you post-graduation, please contact Ardmore’s Families Intake & Outreach Manager by email or by phone at 301-306-2594. Also visit our website’s Resources page for links to useful information on Transitioning Youth.