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Teens and young adults experience dramatic changes as they become adults. For those with emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges, the transition to adulthood can be overwhelming. They may not have all the skills they need, and they are especially vulnerable to experiencing unemployment, homelessness, poor educational outcomes, increased substance use, and involvement with the criminal justice system.

The Transition to Independence Process or TIP program at Southwest Network helps teens and young adults ages 16½ to 22 overcome these challenges and become successful adults.

Following a nationally-recognized model, Transition Facilitators provide one-on-one coaching and support to help young people figure out how to find a job or an apartment, go back to school, manage finances, get along with family members, be a better friend, deal with legal issues, or whatever will help improve their quality of life. If needed, we can also assist in the transition from the child and adolescent behavioral/mental health system to the adult system.

There’s also the Youth Advisory Board, or YAB, a dynamic group of young adults ages 15 to 22 who are building futures for themselves. They meet regularly, learn new skills, collaborate on community and volunteer projects, and support and encourage each other. YAB is where young people can meet others with similar challenges without facing stigma.

With either TIP or YAB, teens and young adults will receive education and guidance in the areas of:
   • Employment
   • Education
   • Housing
   • Social and family relationships
   • Independent and daily living
   • Finances and budgeting
   • Decision making
   • Emotional and physical health and wellbeing
   • Community life

Help your teen or young adult build confidence, independence, and hope for the future with TIP and YAB.

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