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Feb 22 Newsletter Teen and Young Adult Programs

News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs February 2022


A Welcome to our newest students from Towson University!
Join IMAGE in giving a warm welcome to our newest students from Towson University Jessica Hart and Shannon Smith. These ladies join us from Towson’s Occupational Therapy Department and will be tasked with the continued structuring of our new Peer Mentor program. Peer Mentor applicants and Connect program participants alike will have the opportunity to work with each of these ladies as they bring fresh perspectives and outlooks to our teen and young adult programs. We are very excited to welcome these ladies and look forward to the work that they will contribute in the coming months ahead.

Jessica Hart

Jessica Hart is a 2nd year Occupational Therapy student at Towson University, from Baltimore, MD. Prior to Towson, Jessica attended Temple University and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. If not in school, Jessica is often dancing, cooking, at the gym, or doing a craft. Working with children/young adults and mental health are two things that she is passionate about!

Portrait of female student Jessica Hart posing outdoors in front of a tree.

Shannon Smith
Hi, my name is Shannon Smith. I graduated from James Madison University in 2019, and I am currently in the Masters Occupational Therapy program at Towson University. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and have traveled to various places, including Germany, Paris, Prague, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia and Hawaii. I love to travel, cook, paint, hang out with family and friends, go to the beach, read books, and care for my two cats (Milo pictured below). 

Portrait of female students Shannon Smith posing on a outdoor patio holding her cat Milo.

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Peer Mentor Application is OPEN!
Applications for students wishing to become Peer Mentors for the Winter session of the Connect program are now open.

Interested in applying for Peer Mentorship?
This winter Peer Mentors will have the opportunity to work alongside student interns from Towson University in addition to participation in the Connect Program. Peer Mentors will engage in both zoom training sessions, as well as peer mentor opportunities within our Connect program.

Click here to apply

Questions? Email Jessica Leone at

Celebrating Fearless Moments

Chalkboard sign with the words "What's New" written across it with white chalk. Calling all Students, Parents, Family Members, Service Providers and Care Givers! Do you have a fearless moment that you want to share? We love celebrating the accomplishments of our young consumers in every aspect of their lives, not just within our programs here at IMAGE. We want to hear from you! Message your fearless moment to Jessica Leone at and type “Fearless Moment” in the subject line. You might be featured in our next monthly newsletter.
Here is to being FEARLESSLY you today!

Upcoming Events

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The Connect Program
Registering now for our virtual sessions!
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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.

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Click here to Register

PreETS Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training Program
Registration now open for sessions through May!

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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