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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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COVID-19 Coronavirus Reopening Plan Teen and Young Adult Service Programs

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.

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.
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Keep Kids Connected: Kick Off to Summer Campaign

Join IMAGE for a full week dedicated to keeping students connected this summer!

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News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs

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A Month of Appreciation

Life in a pandemic has not been easy for anyone, but the month of May is giving us many opportunities to reach deep and find the appreciation and the thanks that keeps us moving forward in a positive direction. This month has reminded us to celebrate the many people who aide us, who help us grow and encourage our personal development. Throughout this month we have celebrated weeks dedicated to the celebration of our nurses and our teachers. Most recently we took the day to celebrate our mothers and the women in our lives who inspire us and encourage our development on the most personal of levels. At IMAGE we welcome the opportunity to show our appreciation to the mothers, the professionals, the amazing people who provide support in our day to day lives. We hope that you will take some time this month to show your appreciation to those who have dedicated their lives to service if you have not yet already. From all of us at The IMAGE Center, from our students and staff, we say THANK YOU!

"thank you" with circle shapes

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Accepting Applications for Summer Peer Mentors!

  • Do you like helping others?
  • Do you like being creative?
  • Does leading group activities sound fun to you?
  • Have you attended at least one IMAGE Connect program for teens and young adults with successful participation?
  • Are you ready to step into a leadership role?

If you answered yes to all of these questions you may be ready to apply to become a Peer Mentor!

We are presently accepting applications for summer peer mentors for our twice monthly in-person Connect Program summer session on Tuesday evenings! More details to come.

If you would like to be considered for a role in peer mentorship this summer click here to apply.

Upcoming Events

The Connect Program
Remaining Spring Sessions (Virtual) June 1st & 15th

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.


Coming soon: in-person summer session! Spaces will be limited!

Contact jleone@imagemd.org learn more. Register here

PreETS Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training Program

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 Resources.

Contact jleone@imagemd.org learn more.

Support Youth Programs at The IMAGE Center

We need your support! IMAGE Connect 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.

Now more than ever, your support can make a difference!

DONATE NOW

The IMAGE Center is a 501 (c)(3) organization – donations to which are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. A copy of our current financial statement is available upon request by calling our office at 410-982-6311.

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May: Student of the Month Clark Bayer

PreETS Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training with The IMAGE Center

Clark Bayer was one of our first students to take on our PreETS training program at IMAGE when the program went virtual due to COVID.

Clark is a highly intelligent young man and was always a joy to have in class. It is unique and uplifting to work with a student as motivated and as passionate as he is.

Clark has clear goals for himself and a plan as to how he will achieve those goals. Clark has an interest in engineering projects, which became a great way to showcase his strengths throughout his PreETS training sessions.

Clark also has quite a bit of volunteer and on the job experience, which helped make the PreETS training sessions relatable and realistic for him.

When asked what he learned during the training, Clark stated, “I’ve learned about the laws. I thought the laws were interesting, and how recent they are. It makes you think about history. People with disabilities can live the same as anyone else. It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely better than it used to be.”

We hope to see Clark in the future participating in other programs at IMAGE where he can volunteer and share his skills in a mentorship role. 

Program Support Specialist Amanda Taylor said “It was wonderful to get to know him as an individual and recognize his potential, which is abundant! We look forward to seeing the wonderful things he will accomplish in his life”! 

Learning about how to speak up for yourself and the laws behind disability services is very useful and rather interesting. Often we interact with these services without learning specifically what laws back them, so to learn about the laws in specific shows which ones you can use to help you.

~Clark Bayer, PreETS Student
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