Last week the evaluation team participated in SAMHSA’s Now is the Time: Healthy Transitions for Youth grantee meeting in DC with our DC-based Project Team. This was a great opportunity to connect and learn with the 17 other grantee teams from around the country. The Healthy Transitions grant is geared around developing better supports for Youth who are aging out of child services (i.e. foster care, school, child/adolescent behavioral health services) and into adult services. This group is uniquely vulnerable to fall through the cracks and disengage from critical services. The team in DC is working with local agencies, Youth leaders, family advocates to develop and implement specific services and supports to bolster Youth during this transitional time so that they can continue receiving needed services and ultimately flourish as they come into adulthood. The evaluation team will work closely with the program implementation team to help monitor progress, identify and overcome obstacles and ultimately support the projects in being as successful and impactful as possible.
The M@Re program, which is an arts program facilitated by Young Audiences of WNY, meets every Thursday at the Central Library from 4-8pm. There is also a Taste of M@Re program that meets after North Buffalo YEL on Monday nights. This program comes highly recommended by the youth who have attended in the past. FVN teens in Care Coordination are eligible to be referred.
For questions, please contact: Aitina Fareed Cooke (firstname.lastname@example.org) Young Audiences Western New York (Inside Buffalo Public Central Library in downtown Buffalo, 2nd Floor) 1 Lafayette Square Buffalo, NY 14203 716-881-0917
Fax: 716-408-3279 (send your completed referral to this number)
The WAY (Work Appreciation for Youth) Program is available to assist the youth you are working with in reaching their vocational needs and goals, in either a group or individual setting. If you are working with a youth who is ages 14-21, the WAY Program Vocational Specialists can assist in youth meeting their prevocational and community employment goals.
The WAY program provides the invaluable service of having someone to help with the following:
- writing your first resume
- answering questions on an application
- filling out an online application
- preparing for an interview
- And MORE!
Please feel free to share these documents with the families you serve. Please contact 828-7204 (Taryn Wilde) or 828-7038 (Sharon Cavanaugh) with any questions or if you would like information mailed directly to your office location.
More information about the Way Program