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Oct21 Newsletter Teen and Young Adult Programs

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Congratulations to our 2021 Student Awardees

This year IMAGE and VME honored two students for their exemplary service at our Solutions 2021 celebration event. Our teen and young adult programs would not be the same without the dedication and growth of our students. Check out this year’s awardees.

Student of the Year: Rebecca Parker
Rebecca has participated in IMAGE Teen and Young Adult programs since 2016. Over the last five years Rebecca has grown from a shy, cautious participant in our Connect Program to a confidently aware self-advocate selected as our first ever Peer Mentor in that program. Rebecca has served as a student advocate in many instances sharing her journey toward greater independence with fellow students of many programs. At IMAGE we have watched Rebecca shape her abilities and set job readiness goals that best suit her passion of helping others. Rebecca has made many contributions to IMAGE programming helping to pave the way for other student advocates and we could not be prouder of her growth and progress. Congratulations Rebecca!

Peer Mentor of the Year: Ciara Gentry posing all wrapped up in sticky notes and toilet paper during a fun Halloween activity to reduce stereotypes.

Peer Mentor of the Year: Ciara Gentry
Ciara has been with IMAGE teen and young adult programs for the last three years. Most recently she has begun contributing to our programs as a Peer Mentor. In this role Ciara works to assist her peers by exuberating skills of leadership and self-advocacy. Tonight, we would like to congratulate her in receiving the Peer Mentor of the Year award. Thank you Ciara for your contribution to our programs. We are so proud of the steps you are taking to grow your own independence and that of your peers! 

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Cartoon Sticky Note 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

Upcoming Events

Three female Connect Program participants posing together for a picture outside at a Picnic Table.
Three female Connect participants posing together during a Connect program event.

The Connect Program
STILL TIME TO REGISTER for the Fall session!

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.
Click here to Register

PreETS Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training Program
Registration for the September/October session is FULL! Registrations are now open for sessions beginning in November.

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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News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs August, 2021

Enjoying the last weeks of summer
As we all work to soak in the final weeks of summer the realization often hits home that vacations are often a struggle for many of our families. Vacation planning can be stressful. Add in the need for specific accommodations, health considerations and changes to daily routines and its no wonder why many families opt out of vacation planning. This month we wanted to highlight a wonderful resource for our families designed to take some of the stress out of vacationing. With cruises out of Baltimore vacations don’t have to seem so far from home and with new considerations for families with children of all abilities there are more options then ever to take the vacation that your family deserves. Autism On The Seas (https://autismontheseas.com/ ) is just one of many options now available to families who need a little extra consideration when vacation planning. We love our families and one thing we know is that they, more then most, deserve some down time. So whether you want to tap into a fun and exciting new vacation resource or you want to plan a staycation at home please make sure to be kind to yourselves this summer and take some time to focus on family. Happy vacationing IMAGE families!

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Applications for Peer Mentorship for the summer session of the Connect program are now closed.
Interested in applying for Peer Mentorship?
Applications will reopen for the Fall session of Connect in September.

Questions? Email Jessica Leone at Jleone@imagemd.org
Teens working on pottery projects at Amazing glaze during a Connect program teen session.

Connect Program Summer Sessions in Progress
July 13th (virtual)July 27th (in person)August 10th (virtual)August 24th (in person)September 14th (virtual)September 28th (in person)

REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR THE SUMMER SESSION. Stay tuned for fall session registrations.

Image of student group work from a previous PreETS training session depicting what Self-Advocacy is.

PreETS Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training

Registering for September Sessions Now!
Monday and Wednesday sessions available. Email for additional registration 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.

Kick off to summer campaign. Visit http://weblink.donorperfet.com/connectatimage

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July 2021 Newsletter

News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs

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Long term Connect participants Elizabeth Handley, Patrick Hagen and Rachel Day sitting on a sofa smiling at a previous Connect Program event.

Long term connections through Connect

Did you know that the Connect program is one of our longest running programs at The IMAGE Center?

Designed to forge new relationships and connections among teens and young adults the Connect program provides the opportunity for participants to build new friendships and grow skills to increase communication while exploring activities that promote independence and recreation.

Long term participants of the Connect program can even apply to become a Peer Mentor of the program taking on new roles that encourage leadership and advocacy.

The best testament to the success of the Connect program, however, resides in the long term friendships that have developed over the years. It is not uncommon for our program participants to develop lasting friendships outside of Connect, in fact, this is one of the founding goals of the program. Some of our most shy, most apprehensive participants have went on to build social networks both inside and outside the comfort of the Connect program.

We look forward to encouraging your child to step outside of their comfort zone this summer and develop connections that could last for years to come!

This summer’s Connect program will alternate biweekly between both virtual and in person experiences. This means that students can choose to participate in Connect in person, virtually or a hybrid of both options combined based on their personal preference.

Its not to late to register for this summers Connect session!

See below for registration information.We encourage our families to take note of our updated reopening plan for teen and young adult services. Questions can be directed to Jessica Leone, Director for Teen and Young Adult services jleone@imagemd.org

Updated for all teen and young adult summer programming through September 30, 2021.

The IMAGE Center is acting to keep staff and consumers safe to minimize the spread of COVID-19.


COVID-19 Coronavirus Reopening Plan

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. All activities will operate on a hybrid schedule, offering both virtual and in-person learning opportunities.
  • Reduce contamination risk. Food and water will NOT be provided during programming at this time.

Before you join us in person, please:

  1. Monitor your health and interactions. Join us online instead if you have:
    1. Cough, shortness of breath, fever, or any other symptoms of COVID-19.
    2. Recent exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  2. 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. FOOD AND WATER WILL NOT BE PROVIDED.
  3. Mask up. All non-vaccinated participants and family members, please wear a mask during check-in, program transitions, and checkout. IMAGE Center staff will advise when there is an option to remove masks for outdoor programs.
  4. Take precaution. Hand sanitation will be provided for check-in, transitions and check-out.
  5. Respect personal space. Activities will be designed with respect for social distancing and mindful spacing.
  6. Talk about it. Please contact us at youthservices@imagemd.org  if you have any questions or concerns.

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Connect program participant in a hugging embrace with previous Peer Mentor Karissa Phillips at a Connect event.

Applications for Peer Mentorship for the summer session of the Connect program are now closed.

Interested in applying for Peer Mentorship?

Applications will reopen for the Fall session of Connect in September.

Questions? Email Jessica Leone at Jleone@imagemd.org


Upcoming Events

The Connect Program Registration is still open!

Connect Program painting ceramics
  • July 27th (in person)
  • August 10th (virtual)
  • August 24th (in person)
  • September 14th (virtual)
  • September 28th (in person)

Program registration $100


*Registrants will have the ability to specify their desire to participate in virtual only, in person only or a combination of all virtual and in person sessions during registration.

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.
Register here

PreETS Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training Program

Kids notes about what self advocacy is and understanding rights and responsibilities


Monday and Wednesday sessions available. Email jleone@imagemd.org for additional registration 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 Resource.
Contact jleone@imagemd.org learn more.

Save the Date

2021 Solutions Awards Dinner

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 5:30 – 9:00pm
Venue: Vollmer Center, Cylburn Arboretum
4915 Greenspring Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215
(near Sinai Hospital)
This year’s theme: 10th Year Anniversary: Building Momentum / Fostering Safety


Support Youth Programs at The IMAGE Center

Help kids stay connected this summer.

$100 – Sponsor a student for a 6 week program.

$50 – Sponsor a student for a 3 week program.

$25 – Sponsor program materials for a student’s program participation

Sponsor a student today!

Visit www.imagemd.org and click on teen blog to learn more about our sponsor a student campaign.
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Facebook Live Event

Didn’t catch us live on Facebook? It’s not to late. You can connect here and join our Meet the Instructors event. Feel free to ask questions. We will monitor the link and provide responses as needed.

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June 2021 Monthly Newsletter

Teen and Young Adult Programs June 2021 Monthly Newsletter See what’s new at IMAGE this summer, including an exciting return to in person program options!

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