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April 22 Newsletter Teen and Young Adult Programs


News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs March 2022

Highlights

Solutions 22 is right around the corner, and we want to make it a special evening. Join us as we honor our Volunteers and Partners & Celebrate four decades of innovation of service to people with disabilities. Friday evening, April 29th.

Cylburn Arboretum
4915 Greenspring Ave – 21209
There will also be livestream participation.

QR code that you can scan with your phone to register yourself for Solutions 22.

Save the Date!

Scan the QR Code or Click Below to Register for the Event.
Click Here to Register

Multiple squares in orange and teal stating that the IMAGE Center of Maryland and VME are having a celebration called Solutions 22.

Alt Text: April 29th Solutions 22. Older black and white image of three people looking off in the same direction. Second image is of a young man riding a specialized bike, wearing a helmet.

Logo for the Youth Leadership Form. "Where Leadership Takes Flight".
Alt Text: MD-YLF Logo (a bird flying past the capital building). Reads. Maryland Youth Leadership Forum. Where Leadership Takes Flight.

Open to: Maryland Students with disabilities in their last two years of high school
Cost: The forum is FREE for all of our participants
Date: June 23 rd to 25 th 2022
Location: Towson University
Deadline to apply: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 29th!
Interviews: Danielle Bustos, Maryland Youth Leadership Coordinator will contact applicants
about scheduling interviews.


About Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)


 Learn about assistive technology and how it can help gain independence
 Participate in the YLF Paint Night, Build Self Advocacy Skill poetry, and other social
activities.
 Meet people with disabilities who serve various roles in the community.
 Learn about the legislative process and advocacy.
 Meet alumni and other students from the state of Maryland.
 Meet Your State representatives.

For more information contact, Danielle Bustos at 240-898-2189/ dbustos@innow.org
or Shannon Minnick at 240-638-0070/sminnick@innow.org

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Three female Peer Mentor students smiling and posing shoulder to shoulder wearing Christmas PJ’s and reindeer Antlers.

Peer Mentor Application is CLOSED!

Applications for students wishing to become Peer Mentors for the Spring session of the Connect program are now CLOSED.
Interested in applying for Peer Mentorship? Email Jessica Leone for upcoming application windows.

Questions? Email Jessica Leone at Jleone@imagemd.org

Celebrating Fearless Moments
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 jleone@imagemd.org 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

The Connect Program
Registering now for our virtual sessions!

Mar. 1 Mar. 15 Mar. 29 Apr. 12 Apr. 26 May 10
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 jleone@imagemd.org learn more.
Click here to Register

PreETS Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training Program
Registration are filling up fast for our next session beginning in June!

Want to be referred for this program? Contact Jessica Leone jleone@imagemd.org 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.
Contact jleone@imagemd.org learn more.

Support Youth Programs at The IMAGE Center

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Mar 22 Teen and Young Adult Newsletter


News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs March 2022

Highlights

Solutions 22 is right around the corner, and we want to make it a special evening. Join us as we honor our Volunteers and Partners & Celebrate four decades of innovation of service to people with disabilities. Friday evening, April 29th.

Cylburn Arboretum
4915 Greenspring Ave – 21209
There will also be livestream participation.

QR code that you can scan with your phone to register yourself for Solutions 22.

Save the Date!

Scan the QR Code or Click Below to Register for the Event.
Click Here to Register

Multiple squares in orange and teal stating that the IMAGE Center of Maryland and VME are having a celebration called Solutions 22.
Alt Text: April 29th Solutions 22. Older black and white image of three people looking off in the same direction. Second image is of a young man riding a specialized bike, wearing a helmet.


Logo for the Youth Leadership Form. "Where Leadership Takes Flight".
Alt Text: MD-YLF Logo (a bird flying past the capital building). Reads. Maryland Youth Leadership Forum. Where Leadership Takes Flight. Open to: Maryland Students with disabilities in their last two years of high school
Cost: The forum is FREE for all of our participants
Date: June 23 rd to 25 th 2022
Location: Towson University
Deadline to apply: Please get applications in ASAP
Interviews: Danielle Bustos, Maryland Youth Leadership Coordinator will contact applicants
about scheduling interviews.


About Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)


 Learn about assistive technology and how it can help gain independence
 Participate in the YLF Paint Night, Build Self Advocacy Skill poetry, and other social
activities.
 Meet people with disabilities who serve various roles in the community.
 Learn about the legislative process and advocacy.
 Meet alumni and other students from the state of Maryland.
 Meet Your State representatives.

For more information contact, Danielle Bustos at 240-898-2189/ dbustos@innow.org
or Shannon Minnick at 240-638-0070/sminnick@innow.org

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Female Connect Program Participant sips on her drink while playing a game of Would You Rather? with a female Peer Mentor holding a game card at a restaurant during a Connect program event.
Alt Text: Female Connect program participant sipping on a drink at a table with a female Peer Mentor reading a game card and smiling.
Peer Mentor Application is CLOSED!

Applications for students wishing to become Peer Mentors for the Spring session of the Connect program are now CLOSED.
Interested in applying for Peer Mentorship? Email Jessica Leone for upcoming application windows.

Questions? Email Jessica Leone at Jleone@imagemd.org

Celebrating Fearless Moments

Alt Text: Female Connect Participant Julia Kirk smiling at the camera wearing a “Be Kind” T-shirt.

FEARLESSLY Julia
Fearless Moment Highlight from Instructional Support Specialist Ms. Amanda Taylor ~
“Julia Kirk has been a participant of our teen and young adult programs for many years, and she recently returned to participate in our Connect Program. Her progress has been outstanding, and she demonstrates a fearless attitude during each of our group sessions! Julia is always eager to speak up and answer questions in group discussions. She doesn’t mind being the first to answer, and she shows the rest of the group members that it’s ok to speak up and share your thoughts. She serves as a role model for others by having a positive attitude toward learning and participating. She also shows encouragement to her peers, and she provides support when she is interacting with the group by showing empathy and understanding. We think Julia does a wonderful job of showing us how to be fearless”! 
Here is to being FEARLESSLY you today!

Upcoming Events

The Connect Program
Registering now for our virtual sessions!

Mar. 1Mar. 15Mar. 29Apr. 12Apr. 26May 10
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 jleone@imagemd.org learn more.
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 jleone@imagemd.org 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.
Contact jleone@imagemd.org learn more.

Support Youth Programs at The IMAGE Center

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Feb 22 Newsletter Teen and Young Adult Programs

News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs February 2022

Highlights

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 Jleone@imagemd.org



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 jleone@imagemd.org 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

Two hands connecting two separate puzzle pieces.
The Connect Program
Registering now for our virtual sessions!
Mar. 1
Mar. 15
Mar. 29
Apr. 12
Apr. 26
May 10

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 jleone@imagemd.org learn more.

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 jleone@imagemd.org 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.
Contact jleone@imagemd.org
 learn more.


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Jan 22 Newsletter Teen and Young Adult Programs

News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs January 2022

Highlights

The New Year doesn’t feel so new, but were still here together!
As we approached 2022 many of us have had daydreams of life back to “normal”. While the reality is that this newest year has not quite gotten us there yet there are still ways that we can adapt to keep life enjoyable and moving forward for ourselves and the one’s around us. We hope this month’s newsletter helps you to realize that we are still all here, together, no matter the circumstance. We will keep moving forward. We will keep learning. We will keep growing. More importantly we will keep engaging. We will keep laughing. We will keep showing up. Cheers to 2022!


Our Current Reality
Our teen and young adult programs here at IMAGE were bursting at the seams excited to end the year with higher requests for in person learning sessions and our hybrid learning options were giving students and their families wonderful options for both virtual and in person opportunities. Unfortunately, extending COVID numbers began cancelling out many of our in person sessions as we began approaching this new year. As much as we idolize our rock star students, staff and families none of them have been immune to this nasty virus. We don’t have the answers, but our only goal remains to keep everyone learning and to keep everyone safe. With the majority of our programs being community based our options for restrictions are extremely varied at this time as you can imagine. With more and more students accessing our programs we certainly do not want to limit our programming options for students based on smaller group sizes. With all of these things in mind you will see that once again our upcoming teen and young adult programs will be virtual and that’s okay. We are still here. We are going to continue to provide learning opportunities to as many students as possible no matter what this virus has to say about it. So stay with us. We, as always, are monitoring the best options for everyone. We continue to hear each and everyone of you. We know that our community is extraordinary and that at times we have to weigh many extraordinary considerations. So we will continue to do that. Together we will keep moving forward even if sometimes it feels like we are moving backwards!

Peer Mentor Spotlight

A female Peer Mentor student assisting another male student in a learning activity with pencil and paper at a Connect program event.

Winter 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 Jleone@imagemd.org

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!

Self Care Bingo. Give yourself a compliment. Do a hobby. Have fun. Drink Water. Challenge Negative Thoughts. Listen to your body. Sit with your feelings. Talk with a friend. Get dressed. Stay Alive. Practice Mindfulness. Take a break. Try something New.
This month we celebrate you! Our students. Our families. You are fearless every darn day! Don’t forget to take care our yourselves! Right Click and save this self-care bingo card to print. You can use it alone or as a family. Either way don’t forget to take care of YOU! That is the only way that we can be sure to help take care of others too. Thank you to @AlyseRurianiDesign for this fun idea!

Upcoming Events

The Connect Program


Registering now for our virtual winter sessions!

Session Dates: 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26 and 5/10.

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 jleone@imagemd.org learn more.


Click here to Register
PreETS Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training Program


Registration now open for sessions starting in February!

Want to be referred for this program?
Contact Jessica Leone jleone@imagemd.org 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.


Contact jleone@imagemd.org learn more.

Support Youth Programs at The IMAGE Center

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Teen and Young Adult Programs December 2021 Newsletter

News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs December, 2021

Highlights

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 jleone@imagemd.org 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 https://www.skyzone.com/programs/sensory-hours 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 https://www.iflyworld.com/programs/all-abilities/ 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 Jleone@imagemd.org


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 jleone@imagemd.org 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 jleone@imagemd.org 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.
Contact jleone@imagemd.org learn more.

Support Youth Programs at The IMAGE Center

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IMAGE: A pair of hands holding a growing plant.

Sponsor a Student Today!

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