The Youth Transition Program (YTP) is for youth ages 16 to 21 that require support successfully navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood. The program is strengths based, with youth participating in making decisions in their lives while continuing to be provided support, education, and financial assistance. Each youth will have a personalized plan that focuses on daily life skills, community/family connectedness, medical resources, peer/community involvement and vocational/education skills.
The program is being developed in response to identifying that many youth have poor outcomes when deprived of developmentally appropriate services as they ‘age out’ of the child welfare system. Adolescence and young adulthood is a period of gradual maturation when the support of a social and family network is important in helping provide critical support to youth as he or she faces the challenges of this stage. However many youth who have been in out-of- home placements tend to have compromised family and community relationships, and require additional support to help them navigate the transition into adulthood.
- Youth 16 to 21 years old, transitioning out of the child welfare system. (Youth eligible for continued support through Community Living Services do not qualify for the program, as it is intended to be a youth driven transition to independence program).
- YTP as part of a well developed service plan with the referring agency and youth.
- A service plan that includes discharge in the city of Regina or attendance at a post secondary institute located in Regina.
- Youth who are engaged in some combination of school and work.