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Teen and Young Adult Programs December 2021 Newsletter

News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs December, 2021


Keep Kids Connected this Holiday Break
Keep your kids engaged this holiday season! There are lots of resources and business’s in our community that promote opportunities for recreational activities and events for Teens and Young Adults with disabilities. Does your family have a favorite activity that you engage in over the holidays or winter break?! Share it with us at IMAGE We are excited to share new resources with families for continued engagement.

IMAGE of a Sky Zone facility: trampolines and foam pit.
IMAGE: Inside a Sky Zone facility. Shown is a trampoline and foam pit area.

Sky Zone: Sensory Hours

Visit to find a park near you and a schedule for holiday break sensory hours.

Picture of a iFly Indoor Skydiving building
IMAGE: The outside of a iFLY Indoor Skydiving building.

iFLY: All Abilities Night

Visit for specially designed flying event nights.

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Cartoon Sticky Note that says "Next Time".
IMAGE: A post it note cartoon image that says “Next Time”.

Fall Application is CLOSED!

Applications for students wishing to become Peer Mentors for the Fall session of the Connect program have now closed!

Interested in applying for Peer Mentorship?

Application will reopen this winter! Stay tuned!

Questions? Email Jessica Leone at

Celebrating Fearless Moments

At IMAGE we encourage our teens and young adults to step outside of their comfort zone to reach their greatest potential. One way that we do that is by reminding students that is okay to be unapologetically themselves, fearless of who they are and what others may or may not think of them. We hope this month’s celebration of fearlessness past and present inspires you to celebrate yourself and all that you contribute to the world around you!

Here is to being FEARLESSLY you today!

Female student handing cash to a store employee during a Connect Program session.
IMAGE: A female student exchanging money at a store register during a Connect Program session.

Taking it back with this image of long term program participant Karissa Phillips tackling money handling, communication and organization skills during a past Connect holiday shopping event. Karissa is presently still participating in our Connect program for teen and young adults now as a Peer Mentor where she assists other participants in reaching their greatest level of independence.

Two hands connecting two separate puzzle pieces.
IMAGE: Two hands fitting together two separate puzzle pieces.

The Connect Program
THE FALL SESSION IS FULL!!! Stay tuned for future session registrations.

October 19th 6-7pm (Virtual)November 2nd 6-8pm (In-Person)November 16th 6-7pm (Virtual)November 30th 6-8pm (In-Person)December 14th 6-7pm (Virtual)December 28th (In-Person)

The Connect Program is a program that empowers teens and young adults with disabilities to step outside of their comfort zone, make connections with their community, build social experiences and recognize and achieve skills needed for increased independence in adulthood. These skills include money management, time management, social and communication skills, personal hygiene, meal planning and decision making skills just to name a few.

Contact learn more.

IMAGE: Student work samples from a PreETS Training session exploring the questions “What is Self-Advocacy?”

PreETS Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training Program
Registration is currently full for our current sessions. Inquire today about winter session availability.

Want to be referred for this program? Contact Jessica Leone for information
The Self Awareness & Self Advocacy Training program through DORS is a five week program utilizing curriculum designed to empower teens with disabilities to explore areas of self awareness and promote the importance of self advocacy to enhance the overall independence and vocational opportunity of each student. During this program students will work with professional staff from The IMAGE Center to begin to engage in curriculum addressing Self Awareness & Advocacy, Disclosing Disability, Rights, Future Outlook, Transition Outlook and Utilizing Resources.
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