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Sept 22 Newsletter for Teen and Young Adult Programs

News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs September 2022
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Back to School can be a very busy time for students and families. It can also be a great opportunity to reset and start a new. At IMAGE we are taking this time to restructure one of our longest running programs, the Connect Program for Teens and Young Adults. See below for update information on this program. To all of our students and families at The IMAGE Center we wish you continued success in kicking off the new school year. Its going to be a great one!
Celebrating Fearless Moments
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Fearlessly Cherish~
While attending our PREETS Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy Training Program student Cherish Carpenter was highlighted by her instructor Ms. Stephanie Schwartz for her ability to disclose her disability for positive outcomes. With the help and encouragement from her teachers, Cherish took the beginning of the school year to present to her class a little about herself and her disability. Cherish felt the best way to get her peers to understand her better and to remove the stigma of her disability was to openly discuss it. “I thought this was extremely brave as many students prefer to keep a low profile and not bring attention to themselves” stated Cherishes IMAGE instructor Stephanie Schwartz. According to Ms. Schwartz Cherish works tirelessly to overcome any insecurities she may face. Although Cherish may feel that she lacks confidence at times she successfully presents herself as one of the most confident young people to come through our IMAGE PreETS program. Way to go Cherish! Keep being fearlessly you!
The Connect Program & Peer Mentorship
Big Changes are coming to Connect!Letter Sign that reads "Time for Change"The new year will bring new changes and updates to our Connect Program for Teens and Young Adults!Save the date for new program announcements in January!
Until then stay CONNECTED with our virtual Connect sessions happening twice monthly beginning September 27th!New to Connect? This is a great time to check out the program from the comfort of your home! Our virtual sessions will be donation based and will take place on the dates listed below. This is a great chance to connect with old friends, meet new friends and work on skills specific to your independence. We look forward to connecting with you!
Virtual Sessions will take place from 6-7pm on the following dates:
September 27th, October 11th, October 25th, November 8th, November 22nd, December 6th and December 20th.
Click here to register!

PreETS Training Program

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Self Awareness and Self Advocacy (SASA) Training is a collaborative partnership program between The IMAGE Center and The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). 

What benefit does this training provide? ● Empowerment for teens and young adults to explore skills of self awareness and self advocacy as they relate to either college preparation or vocational exploration. ● Information on disability disclosure, rights and accommodations related to college bound and career bound students. ● Personalized goal setting and skill building in relation to increased independent living. ● Student and family resources for all future outcomes. 
Who is eligible for this FREE training? students enrolled in a secondary school (including home school or other alternative secondary education program), post-secondary education program, or other recognized educational program and has not exited, graduated, or withdrawn; students at least 14 years old but less than age 22 students have a disability documented with an IEP, 504 plan, medical records, or a doctor’s note. 
To learn more about SASA training please contact: Jessica Leone, Director for Teen and Young Adult Services at The IMAGE Center 443-275-9396 or jleone@imagemd.org 
All registrants will need a direct referral from DORS to get started: Already connected with a DORS counselor? Contact your counselor directly and ask for a referral for the PreETS Training provided by The IMAGE Center. Not yet connected with DORS? Simply follow the link to request a referral. A case file for referral will be created for you and you should be contacted by DORS within 10 days.       

https://dors.maryland.gov/consumers/Pages/referral.aspx                  

 *Schools may seek permission from families to refer students directly* 
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Stay Connected! Big Changes ahead for the Connect Program!

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Big changes ahead for our Connect program for Teens and Young Adults! Until then stay connected with our virtual meet ups!

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Aug 22 Teen and Young Adult Program Newsletter

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News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs August 2022

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SAVE THE DATE

August 22-28th! 

It’s almost Back- to -School and

The IMAGE Center

needs YOUR HELP! 

Back to School is right around the corner, please consider adding The IMAGE Center to your back to school shopping list this year. Join us the week of August 22-28th for Sponsor A Student week! 

Don’t want to wait? Click here to sponsor a student today!
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Celebrating Fearless Moments

Fearlessly Learning During Summer Break~

On July 22nd IMAGE hosted a PreETS Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training Day at Harford Community College for students referred to us by the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). Students came out for this one day event during summer break to engage in learning and growth in various areas related to future planning and preemployment. Despite many attendees feeling nervous about participating in this group learning event students worked through the day engaging in hands on lessons designed to invoke conversations and thought around topics such as self-awareness, self-advocacy, accommodations, laws, disability disclosure, future planning and resource building to name a few. Congratulations to these students who took time out of their summer break to explore topics for personal growth. A special thanks goes out to our Peer Mentor Rebecca Parker for assisting instructors during this event as well. Thank you all for a day full of fearless learning!

Here is to being FEARLESSLY you today! Have a fearless moment to share? Email Jess Leone at jleone@imagemd.org

Upcoming Events

The Connect Program & Peer Mentorship

The last session for summer Connect and Peer Mentorship will take place on August 23rd for registered participants. Stay tuned for exciting updates happening in the Connect program, which will begin registering for the fall session in October.

PreETS Training Program Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training Program in collaboration with DORS

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Self Awareness and Self Advocacy (SASA) Training is a collaborative partnership program between The IMAGE Center and The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). 

What benefit does this training provide? 

● Empowerment for teens and young adults to explore skills of self awareness and self advocacy as they relate to either college preparation or vocational exploration. 

● Information on disability disclosure, rights and accommodations related to college bound and career bound students. 

● Personalized goal setting and skill building in relation to increased independent living. 

● Student and family resources for all future outcomes. 

Who is eligible for this FREE training? 

  • students enrolled in a secondary school (including home school or other alternative secondary education program), post-secondary education program, or other recognized educational program and has not exited, graduated, or withdrawn; 
  • students at least 14 years old but less than age 22 
  • students have a disability documented with an IEP, 504 plan, medical records, or a doctor’s note. 

To learn more about SASA training please contact: Jessica Leone, Director for Teen and Young Adult Services at The IMAGE Center 443-275-9396 or jleone@imagemd.org 

All registrants will need a direct referral from DORS to get started: 

Already connected with a DORS counselor? Contact your counselor directly and ask for a referral for the PreETS Training provided by The IMAGE Center. 

Not yet connected with DORS? Simply follow the link to request a referral. A case file for referral will be created for you and you should be contacted by DORS within 10 days.      

https://dors.maryland.gov/consumers/Pages/referral.asp

 *Schools may seek permission from families to refer students directly* 

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Sponsor a Student August 22-28th

IMAGE is of a Backpack and a pencil scribble that says "You can Help". Then the text reads as follows: Save the date August 22-28th. It's almost Back- to -School and
The IMAGE Center
needs YOUR HELP! 

Back to School is right around the corner, please consider adding The IMAGE Center to your back to school shopping list this year.

Join us the week of August 22-28th for Sponsor A Student week! 

Don't want to wait? Sponsor a Student today!  
https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E351671&id=63

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Jul 22 Newsletter Teen and Young Adult Programs

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News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs July 2022
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Summer is in full swing at The IMAGE Center!
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As always summer is fast moving and IMAGE programs for teens and young adults are in full swing. With summer comes lots of fun outdoor plans, vacations and even last minute getaways. If you have registered your child for a summer program please keep in mind your time away and notify program instructors of any program sessions that will be missed. At The IMAGE Center we strive for clear communication with our students and families in the hopes of providing the most meaningful, goal oriented programs possible. If you have feedback on our programs we would love to hear it!   Click here to send us feedback!
Support Youth Programs at The IMAGE Center
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Save the Date! SPONSOR A STUDENT WEEK August 22-26th   Keep your eyes open in August for more information.
Celebrating Fearless Moments
Fearlessly Justin~   This month teen and young adult programs would like to highlight current PreETS student, Justin Dorsey for his initiative in learning. During self-advocacy training sessions IMAGE instructors will share a great deal of resources with students to open discussion about self-advocacy and the significance of such skills throughout daily independent living. In his session, however, it was Justin who, alongside his instructor, contributed resources that have helped him to best understand self-advocacy in the past. Justin took the initiative to share resources that not only helped him to best understand what it means to be a self-advocate, but those that can also help others as well. At IMAGE we encourage our teens and young adults to be Fearlessly themselves. Thank you Justin for being a fearless advocate! Check out one of Justin’s self-advocacy resources below!    Here is to being FEARLESSLY you today!   Have a fearless moment to share? Email Jess Leone at jleone@imagemd.org
Upcoming Events
The Connect Program & Peer Mentorship
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Join us for in-person sessions of Connect beginning in June!
Sessions will take place on the following dates with locations throughout the Baltimore County Community from 6-8pm. 
June 14th & 28th, July 19th, August 9th & 23rd 
 
Space is extremally limited. Please consider registering today! 
Link is in the post. 
 
Connect Program Peer Mentors 
The Peer Mentorship program in collaboration with the IMAGE Connect program provides an opportunity for students to engage in leadership roles helping to assist peers in instructor-led activities and lessons. 

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CONNECT PEER MENTORS WITH PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE FOR OUR SUMMER SESSION ONLY. NEW PEER MENTORS PLEASE EMAIL jleone@imagemd.org WITH INQUIRES. 

Have you Previously been a Connect Peer Mentor? Register today. Link is in the post.  
 PreETS Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy Training Program
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The PreETS One Day Group Training July 22nd at Harford Community College is NOW FULL.
 
Interested in future opportunities for increased self-awareness and self-advocacy training? See below.

Self Awareness and Self Advocacy (SASA) Training is a collaborative partnership program between The IMAGE Center and The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). 
 
 
What benefit does this training provide? 
● Empowerment for teens and young adults to explore skills of self awareness and self advocacy as they relate to either college preparation or vocational exploration. 
● Information on disability disclosure, rights and accommodations related to college bound and career bound students. 
● Personalized goal setting and skill building in relation to increased independent living. 
● Student and family resources for all future outcomes. 
 
Who is eligible for this FREE training? 
·        students enrolled in a secondary school (including home school or other alternative secondary education program), post-secondary education program, or other recognized educational program and has not exited, graduated, or withdrawn; 
·        students at least 14 years old but less than age 22 
·        students have a disability documented with an IEP, 504 plan, medical records, or a doctor’s note. 
 
To learn more about SASA training please contact: Jessica Leone, Director for Teen and Young Adult Services at The IMAGE Center 443-275-9396 or jleone@imagemd.org 
 
All registrants will need a direct referral from DORS to get started: 
Already connected with a DORS counselor? Contact your counselor directly and ask for a referral for the PreETS Training provided by The IMAGE Center. 
Not yet connected with DORS? Simply follow the link to request a referral. A case file for referral will be created for you and you should be contacted by DORS within 10 days.      
                      https://dors.maryland.gov/consumers/Pages/referral.aspx 
                  *Schools may seek permission from families to refer students directly* 

In-Person Programming Plan of Action
COVID-19 Coronavirus & Contagious Virus In-Person Programming Plan of Action Teen and Young Adult Service Programs Updated for all teen and young adult in person programming through September 2022.
The IMAGE Center is acting to keep staff and consumers safe to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other contagious viruses easily spread through our community.   

Here’s how we’re doing our part:  

Follow our Leaders. We follow all State guidance related to education-based activities, including reopening actions and face covering requirements on the State of Maryland for reopening advisements and Governor’s orders

Flexible scheduling. In-person and virtual program options will remain available.

Reduce contamination risk. Program materials will be sanitized prior to and after program use.  

Before you join us in person, please:   
Monitor your health and interactions. Join us online instead if you have: Cough, shortness of breath, fever, or any other symptoms of COVID-19 or other contagious viruses. Recent exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or other contagious viruses. Staff will perform temperature checks upon arrival. Students with a temperature of 100+ will not be permitted to participate and will need to provide a negative PCR COVID test to return to programming. Students with seasonal allergies should not attend programs if symptoms cannot be remedied with over the counter or prescribed medications. Students will not be permitted to participate if they exhibit symptoms.   

Prepare and pack. Bring a backpack with items you will need for the duration of the program including: water, a snack, beach towel, sunscreen and writing or communication device.   

Take precaution. Hand sanitation will be provided for check-in, transitions and check-out.   

Respect personal space. Activities will be designed with respect for social distancing and mindful spacing.  

Talk about it. Please contact us at youthservices@imagemd.org  if you have any questions or concerns.
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