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January 2023

Teen and Young Adult Programs

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Program Highlights

Maryland Youth Leadership Forum Engage. Ampify. Impact. 
June 26-28, 2023 at Towson University. 
Open to High School Juniors and Seniors in Maryland with ANY type of disability. Deadline to apply March 3, 2023, Contact Danielle Bustos dbustos@innow.org 240-898-2189

PreETS Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy Training Program

A background of colored blocks fitting together with three sets of different hands holding up three different signs that collectively say :Be Your Own Biggest Advocate".

Self Awareness and Self Advocacy 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program)post-secondary education program, or other recognized educational program and has not exited, graduated, or withdrawn.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 with 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?

Message Jleone@imagemd.org and contact your counselor directly and ask for a referral for the PreETS Training provided by The IMAGE Center. 

Not yet connected with DORS?

Message Jleone@imagemd.org and 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*

Independent Living Skills Training

12 sets of arms all of different colors and races each holding up a different letter to spell the word Independence.

Designed to teach individuals with disabilities the skills necessary for acquiring, maintaining, or increasing their independence. Individual training is provided in areas such as personal assistant management, building self-esteem, money management, navigating one’s environment, and self-advocacy. All of our skills training is directed by the consumer and what aligns with his, her, or their goals. Please know that this is a popular service, so at this time there is a waiting list for skills training.

If you have questions about independent living skills training or would like to sign up for our waiting list, please email ilskills@imagemd.org or call 443-320-4008.

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December 2022 Teen and Young Adult Program Highlights


News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs December 2022

Highlights


Alt Text: BIG BOLD Plans for 2023 with IMAGE Logo

Please take a minute to read about our BOLD plans for 2023 from IMAGE Center Executive Director, Mike Bullis including how your donation can help to keep our Connect Program for Teens and Young Adults reinstated and better then ever for the new year!
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YLF 2023 at Towson University. Open to Students with any type of disability. Contact Danielle for more info. Dbustos@innow.org
Alt Text: Youth Leadership Forum. June 26-28 2023 at Towson University. Open to High School Juniors and Seniors in Maryland with ANY type of disability. Priority deadline to apply: March 3, 2023. Contact Danielle Busto’s YLF Coordinator dbustos@innow.org 240-898-2189

Maryland Youth Leadership Forum 2023 Media Toolkit
Independence Now is now accepting applications for the 2023 Maryland Youth Leadership Forum (MDYLF).MDYLF is an immersive, three-day long event for Maryland Youth with Disabilities to participate in activities with the goal of building leadership skills and preparing for future employment, higher education, and independent living.The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) was initiated in 1992 by the California Governor’s Committee on the Employment of Disabled Persons. This popular program spread across the country and is now conducted annually in more than 33 states. Maryland held its first Youth Leadership Forum in August 2000.

This year’s Maryland Youth Leadership Forum will take place from Monday, June 26 to Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at Towson University.Maryland residents with ANY type of disability in their last two years of high school or graduating in the spring of 2023 are eligible to apply.For questions about the Maryland Youth Leadership Forum, contact Danielle Bustos, YLF Coordinator, at dbustos@innow.org or 240-898-2189.

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* Alt Text: Young teen wearing headphones plugged into a Macbook, looking at the screen.

Stay CONNECTED with our virtual Connect sessions happening NOW twice monthly !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.

PreETS Training ProgramSelf Awareness and Self Advocacy Training Program in collaboration with DORSTwo hands shaking with inspirational words scribbled over top such as experience, ability, growth, training, skills.
*Alt IMAGE Caption: Two hands shaking in a hand shake in front of the words Learning, Knowledge, Experience, Ability, Skills, Competence, Growth, Training.

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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We’re Back! In-Person Connect registering now!

Registration for our summer in-person Connect program session is now open! Click the link below for more information and get ready to join us for the entire month of June as we kick off our Keep Kids Connected Summer Campaign!

Register Here

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Keeping Everyone Safe. Action Plan for In-Person Programming

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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May 22 Newsletter Teen and Young Adult Programs


News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs May 2022

Highlights

Congratulations to our 2022 Student of the Year Ciara Gentry
Student of the Year Ciara Gentry on stage with IMAGE staff member Amanda Taylor. Ciara is speaking into a microphone accepting her award and both ladies are smiling.
IMAGE: Student of the Year Ciara Gentry speaking into a microphone alongside IMAGE Staff Amanda Taylor on stage during the Solutions Celebration.

Congratulations to Ms. Ciara Gentry for her acceptance of the 2022 Student of the Year award at this years Solutions celebration. Since participating in IMAGE teen and young adult programs Ciara has served not only as a program participant, but as a peer mentor and role model for her peers. We are so proud of you and your growth toward success and independence Ciara!
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IMAGE: Student of the Year Ciara Gentry holding up one finger next to two other program participants sitting on a bench.
IMAGE: Student of the Year Ciara Gentry wrapped in toliet paper and sticky notes in a library during a teen event.

IMAGE VME LogoIn-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.


Peer Mentor Spotlight

IMAGE: Peer Mentor looking over a paper and holding a pencil as a teen program participant looks on.

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 Summer Peer Mentorship? Email Jessica Leone for upcoming application windows.


Questions? Email Jessica Leone at Jleone@imagemd-org

Celebrating Fearless Moments

Five young ladies standing together and smiling out front of a store holding shopping bags smiling at the camera.
IMAGE: Five young women posing together in front of a store front smiling and holding shopping bags.


Fearlessly Ciara, Karissa, Rebecca, Tamari and Sam~


While every teen and young adult program at IMAGE is designed to strengthen connections among peers, one of our greatest goals is for program participants to begin making connections eventually on their own. Most times the thought of making those connections can be scary and overwhelming, but these five amazing ladies have learned to be fearless in their life choices. Ciara, Karissa, Rebecca, Tamari and Sam have all spent much time with us at IMAGE throughout the years as they continue to explore their young adult lives so imagine our joy when this image came through to our inbox with the words “”I thought you would be proud of us”. “I am proud of us”. To see these five ladies continue to build their social connections and their community connections together outside of our programs is the absolute goal that we strive for at IMAGE. Thank you for sharing with us your time together ladies! We are always proud of you and can’t wait to see where you go next!

Here is to being FEARLESSLY you today!


Have a fearless moment to share? Email Jess Leone at jleone@imagemd.org

Upcoming Events
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The Connect Program
Spring Connect has ended. Stay tuned for summer registration!
Contact jleone@imagemd.org learn more.




Two hands shaking with inspirational words scribbled over top such as experience, ability, growth, training, skills.
PreETS Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training Program in collaboration with DORS
What does your child have planned this summer?

Join the IMAGE CenterFriday, July 22nd from 10-3pm at Harford Community Collegefor a day of self-advocacy, connections and fun. 

This free event will include self-awareness and self-advocacy curriculum-based activities, guest speakers, pizza lunch and hands on lessons designed to engage students in building connections with both themselves and their peers while on the HCC campus.   

IMPORTANT Registration requirements: Students must be referred by DORS to attend this training. Please see information below for training curriculum, eligibility and obtaining a referral. 
Already been referred by DORS and contacted by The IMAGE Center for this training?

Click here to Register

REFERRED APPLICANTS ONLY! See below if your child has not yet been referred for this training.

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