YIT 2009 Summit Report _2_ by lanyuehua



     Youth in Transition Summit Report

                                                             Facilitated and Report by

                                                             Amanda Metivier

                                                             November 2009

Event Sponsored by, The Alaska Mental Health Trust
Authority, Alaska Mental Health Board Advisory Board on
Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Family Voice, and Hosted by Facing
Foster Care in Alaska
Table of Contents

Location……………………………………………………………………………….. 3

Purpose………………………………………………………………………………… 3

Attendance…………………………………………………………………………. 3-4

November 6th, 2009 (Friday)………………………………………………………….5

      Weekend Overview and Introductions………………………………………..5

      Rules and opening activities…………………………………………………...6

      Dreaming Session………………………………………………………………7

November 7th, 2009 (Saturday)

      Identifying Issues (Transition Domains)…………………………………..9-13

      Global Charter Document: Core Values and Guiding Principles……13- 15


2009 Youth in Transition Summit
Facilitated and reported by Amanda Metivier
Location: Holy Spirit Retreat Center 10980 Hillside Dr. Anchorage, AK

Sponsored by: The Alaska Mental Health trust Authority, Alaska Mental Health
Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse/Family Voice, Facing Foster Care
in Alaska

Purpose: The Youth in Transition Summit was organized with the purpose of
gathering feedback from Transition Aged Youth and young adults (TAY) about a
framework for services that would be ideal for young people to access as they
transition from various systems such as; Mental Health, Foster Care, Residential,
Substance Abuse, Juvenile Justice, and Homelessness.

14 youth and young adults with experience in these systems attended a day and
a half Youth Summit on November 6th-7th, 2009 to share their expertise.

Overall            Experience with    Region         Age Referrals
Britney            Foster Care        Anchorage      20   Referred by AYPF,
Pickens                                                   AYFN, FFCA
Shawn              ?                  Anchorage      18   Referred by AYPF
Rittiminer (Fri.
Brittany           Treatment Foster   Originally     18   Referred by FFCA,
Buzzard            Care (ACS/OCS)     from                ACS
                   Residential        Northern,
                                      but lives in
Amber              Foster Care        Craig          16   Referred by OCS
Woodard            (OCS) DJJ,         Alaska
Bobby              OCS, DJJ, Out-    Anchorage       18   Referred by FFCA,
Wassillie          of-state                               Covenant House, OCS
                   Residential, Out-
                   patient substance
                   abuse and mental
Courtney           Treatment Foster Anchorage        21   FFCA Intern/member
Morrison           Care (OCS/ACS)

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Saul Henning    Treatment Foster     Anchorage     18   Referred by ACS
(Sat. Only)     Care (OCS/ACS),
                Residential, Out-
                patient mental
Steve Smith     Treatment Foster     Eagle River   16   Referred by ACS
(Fri. only)     Care?
Amber           Treatment Foster     Anchorage     18   Referred by AYFN,
Denton          Care (OCS/ACS),                         ACS, FFCA
                DJJ, Out-of-State
                Residential, Out-
                patient mental
Malachi “Kai”   Foster Care, DJJ     Palmer        17   Referred by AYFN
Ballard         (Youth Court
                Volunteer), Out-
                patient Mental
Alexandria      Foster Care, DJJ     Palmer        15   Referred by AYFN
Romano          (Youth Court
Christina       ?                    Anchorage     ?    Referred by AYFN
Creek           Foster Care, Out-    Palmer        15   Referred by FFCA,
Theodore        of-State                                AYFN, OCS
Rebecca         Foster Care, in-     Anchorage     18   Referred by FFCA
Shier (Sat.     State Residential,
Only            Homelessness

Adult Supporter    Agency               Region
Amanda Metivier    FFCA                 Anchorage
Rebecca Busch      State                Juneau
Fran Purdy         AYFN                 Anchorage
Will Fomai         AYFN                 Anchorage
Forrest Anderson   Foster Parent        Craig
Jennifer O’neal    ACS                  Anchorage
Jake               ACS                  Anchorage
Paul Cornils       AYFN                 Anchorage

2009 Youth in Transition Summit
Facilitated and reported by Amanda Metivier
                   November 6th, 2009 (Friday)
    Attendees: Courtney, Fherron, Amber W., Amber D., Christina, Steve, Bobby,
    Kai, Alex, Shawn, Creek, Brittany B., & Britney P.

    Adult Supporters: Amanda, Rebecca, Jennifer, Will, & Fran

    * Due to an evening group, not all attendees were present for the entire Friday

     Weekend Overview and Introductions

    As youth participants arrived they were greeted and invited to join an activity to
    get to know one another. To Kick-Off the Summit youth were able to help
    determine the rules and review the agenda. The Agenda is below.

Friday                                              Through interactive activities and
1:00 Arrive at Site                                    structured free time, participants will
2:00 Welcome and Intros                                strengthen relationships and learn
2:30 Retreat Center Rules & Expectations               methods of working together
3:00 Agenda Overview and Purpose
3:30 Icebreakers                                      Youth will gain a collective
4:00 Recognizing our Expertise                         understanding of the importance of
5:00 Dreaming Session                                  their voice and feedback based on
6:00 Dinner                                            personal experience
7:00 Wrap-up & Free Time
                                                      As a group, participants will share
Saturday                                               personal experiences and issues
8:30 Breakfast                                         faced by Youth in Transition
9:30 Morning Welcome and Energizer
9:45 Charter Doc. Overview                            Youth will reflect on issues identified
10:00 addressing issues of youth in transition         and brainstorm solutions to developing
12:00 Photo-shoot (Cancelled)                          a framework for services
12:45 Lunch
2:00 Identifying Solutions                            Youth will provide structured feedback
3:00 Guiding Principles/Framework for Services         that will be compiled and implemented
4:00 Wrap-Up & Goodbyes                                into the TAY Charter Document
3:15 Core Principles and Guiding Values-Input
4:00 Wrap-up and Goodbyes
     As an introductory Activity participants were asked to go around
     and say their name, age, where they were from, and what their
     dream job would be.
    2009 Youth in Transition Summit
    Facilitated and reported by Amanda Metivier
After Introductions Participants went over the rules and allowed for youth to add
change rules as they wished. All participants were asked to sign the flipchart
outlining the rules in addition to signing a contract prior to attending the Summit
to ensure appropriate behavior throughout the event. The outlined Summit Rules
are below.


                      Respect each other and retreat

                      No drugs, alcohol, sex, going into
                       buildings of the opposite sex, going
                       into the woods, electronics during

                      Grab from the suggestion box if
                       cell phones go off during session

                      Be on time

                      Participate

                      Have Fun!

Participants decided that if someone’s phone rang during meeting time that
person had to grab from the suggestion box. The suggestion box contained
actions that had to be played out like singing, or acting. Participants later agreed
to add this same rule if someone used foul language.

The first two hours of the evening were dedicated to Icebreaker activities that
allowed participants to get to know one another and covered the Summit rules.
Some of the activities included; The Dice Game, Personal Dominoes, and a
group culture activity.

2009 Youth in Transition Summit
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 Dreaming Session

Friday evening participants were engaged in a Dreaming Session to identify what
they need/needed to successfully transition to adulthood from various systems of
care. Participants broke into small groups and answered the question, “What is
the ideal system-Transportation, Housing, Substance Abuse Treatment,
Counseling, Ect.?”

The following are feedback from the breakout sessions and goals of the activity.


                                             Participants will begin to
                                              think about issues faced by
       Feedback                               transition aged youth

         From                                Participants will begin to
                                              reflect on their personal
         Youth                                experiences

                                             Participants will begin to
                                              feel comfortable working in
                                              small groups

       Money                      Job                          Life Skills
       Help with                  Kids                         Knowing how to
        schoolwork                 Big House                     make an
       Compassion                 Big Truck                     appointment
       Marriage/Relatio           Support                      Planning for the
        nship                      Help filling out              day
       Time                        the right                    Cleaning Skills
        Management                  paperwork                    Good Guidance
        Skills                     Good work ethic              License and Car
       Support Group              Degree                       Money
       Higher                     Goals                        Support/Love
        Education                  State ID, SS                 College
       Believe in                  Card, Birth                  Grants and
        Yourself                    Certificate                   Scholarships
       Knowing                    Appropriate
        resources                   Clothes
       Having a back-             Communication
        up plan                     Skills

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       Below is the feedback from the group of Adult supporters

                                Finances, and
                                 show me how
                                 to use credit
     Life Skills
                                Basic Manners
     Laundry                                              Drivers’
     Cooking
                                                           Mentor
     Resumes                                               (someone to
                                                            check in
     College                                               with)
                              How to be a                  Slush Fund
     Job                    successful YIT
      Applications                                         Guidance

     Planning
                                Highs and
     School Support             lows of life                Safe Place
     Communication                                           to party
                                Figure out
      Group                      how to get out              Having
                                 of the funk                  places to
     Internet Q &A’s
      about life                                              go
                                Knowing what
                                 will happen                 Fall back
     Interactive                if…
                                                             Birth
     Tech Support                                            certificate
      for life
                                                             Paperwork

2009 Youth in Transition Summit
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                November 7th, 2009 (Saturday)
The last day was started with Breakfast, morning welcome, and an energizer.
The focus of the last day was gathering input for the charter document.

 Identifying Issues
Participants broke out into small groups and identified barriers and issues to
transitioning out of different systems to independence. Participants were give
topics from the Transition Domains in the Transition Age Youth Draft Charter
Document. Below are the responses from participants.

Transition Domain: Employment and Career

      Not enough experience                               Being able to try certain jobs
      Lack of support                                     Realistic schedules
      Stigma of at-risk youth                             Thought to be too young
      Child care                                          Not high enough pay
      Education                                           Negative work history
      Transportation                                      Criminal record
      Stability/shelter                                   Buying appropriate clothes
      No opportunities                                    No money for medication
      Guardian doesn’t want to you to have a job          Social security limits/choices
      Quitting school to support family                   Finding career vs. dead end job
      Obtaining work permit                               Establishing career path-knowing what you want
      Getting laid off                                     to do
      Not learning work ethic                             Realizing your past limits your choices
      Not learning the right manners                      Help to fill out paperwork (resume, job apps, ect.)
      Job exploration                                     Lack of supported employment
      Knowing what certain jobs are                       Cost of living
      How to look for a job                               Employee rights
      Knowing how to present yourself to an employer

Transition Domain: Educational Opportunities
                                                           Technology gap/familiarity
    Not getting good grades, but                           with technology
      being smart enough,                                  Clear thinking after substance
      accommodations                                        abuse
    Living money while in college                         Change of placement
    Realizing you have a higher                            meaning change of school
      education                                            Time out of school for
    Self confidence                                        meetings
                                                           Lack of education on our own
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      Negativity of staff in              More flexible with
       everything                           correspondence
      Meds-side effects                   Tutoring night & weekend
      Stereotypes-always                   classes
      Educate the staff                   Documents-meds, trans, legal
      College benefit for the youth       Resources/support
       in care                             Being expelled from school
      Can not take away my                Not committed to completing
       education                            school-getting even more
      More education=more money            behind
      Educate everyone                    Boring
      Youth tutoring youth                Paying for college
      Transportation                      Being targeted at school
      Student loans                       Knowing the steps to apply for
      Picking up your grades               college
      Permission slips                    Stigma that you will drop out
      Credit count                        Choosing the wrong classes
      Out of treatment( behind            Competiveness of
       credits)                             scholarships and grants
      Guardian not agreeing with          Support: someone has
       alternatives                         interest in you going to

Transition Domain: Living Situation

      Structure-no structure              Moochers and depending on
      Moving from structured daily         others
       to our own schedule                 Time management-obligations
      Adjust to new “family” rules,        vs. free time
       values, beliefs                     knowing resources to pay
      Not enough money- deposits,          bills, lack of credit history
       rent, furniture, washer/dryer,
       cooking supplies
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      Knowledge of lease                    Who to call when there is
       agreement, safety /legal               something wrong w/where
       issues                                 you live-Ex: Leaks
      Insurance- car, health                Not having support where you
      Cleanliness/hygiene                    live
      Upkeep, repairs                       Budgeting, priorities, being
      Support                                able to feel safe
      Employment                            Knowing your resources and
      Food                                   everything
      Roommates, homelessness               Peer services
      Planning where to live after          Support and being supported
       exiting the system                    Knowing and having a back
      No back up plan                        up planned
      Rental references or bad              Knowing who your friends are
       references                            Being responsible and
      Basic supplies, dishes, bed,           respectful
       furniture, towels, chairs             Knowing credit and banking
      Abusive living situation               stats
      Neglected-not getting along           Just knowing
       with roommates
      Living at high risk places-only

Transition Domain: Personal Effectiveness and Well-Being

      Case Worker change                    Missing life experiences
      Disconnection with family             Disjointed family relations
      Making new friends                    Feeling like you fit in
      New location                          Realize what you are looking
      Long distance relationships            for in healthy relationships
      Getting to know knew people           Finding yourself
      Losing friends is upsetting
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     Figuring out your support             Knowing when to regroup
      group                                 Knowing to problem solve
     Figuring out your spirituality &      Age-out-no support no mentor
      religion                              No caseworker
     Peer support                          Lack of peer provided
     Knowing who is good for you            services
     Knowing unhealthy                     Identify permanent personal
      relationships                          relationships
     Being healthy-mentally and            Relationships dictated by
      physically                             guardianship
     Knowing when to be alone              History, pictures ,memories
      and how to be alone                   Connecting with personal
     Respect                                /family & cultural history
     Stereotypes                           Learning who/how to trust
     Knowing how to put yourself           Relationships are more than
      first                                  sex-process of figuring it out &
     Knowing how to care for                teen pregnancy
      others second
     Knowing how to handle
     Having boundaries-knowing
      when to stop

Transition Domain: Community Life Functioning

     Education (Not learning skills        Housing
      to find jobs)                         Transportation
     Treatment centers                     Support (losing the services)
     Fatty food                            Being alone
     Not involved-IEP                      Not having a job
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       Opp. While in programs                     Career options/learning what
       Social skills                               jobs are out there for you
       Cooking/shopping                           Losing real
       Parenting classes                           connections/friendships
       Finances                                   School/graduation
       No freedom to try practicing                requirements
        life skills                                Dealing with roommates
       No into to lifestyle                       Taking the time to show your
       How to lease and rent                       life skills
        apartment                                  Filling out paperwork
       Healthy activities                         Having own legal documents
       Budgeting                                  Making medical
       Limited resources                           appointments/when/how
       Not knowing your culture                   Leaving voicemail
       Sex education                              Time management
       Hygiene                                    Time and Money
       No guidance                                Worrying about making the
       Not being able to have the                  wrong choice and getting
        right time and people to talk to            ripped off
       Having a localized resource                Categorization due to
       Getting health insurance                    diagnosis assumptions
       Being awake when needed                    Being to old for programs
       Being/learning independence

 Core Values and Guiding Principles

All participants had the opportunity to provide input into the 7 Core Values and
Guiding Principles of the Global Charter Document of the Framework for
Services for Transition Age Youth. The input from participants is from below.

   I.      Kids belong in their homes
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A. Maintain/develop natural, community-based supports as much as
B. Offer training and educational opportunities in the least restrictive

   Where do youth belong?
    A safe place
    In decisions
    In home/a home
    Family or home of choice
    w/people who care
    school
    offer family, education training support to be able to stay in home
    Residential Treatment based on needs, goals, desires
    Training should be offered when a youth wants to stay with the family
    Different for each youth
    Youth should be willing to participate in Treatment

II. Strengthen Families First
     Keeping Families Strong
      Family roles/responsibilities are clear
      Respect for the young person
      Allowing families and youth community and peer support
      Communication skills
      Financial support
      Siblings together (contact)
      Families together
      Food/shelter
      Respect everyone’s wishes
      Flexibility-close friends/family
      Relationships-teacher, tutor, involving community, peers
      Youths choice of support
      Respect youths wishes
      Make sure youth feels comfortable with plan
      Youth present their own plan with support
      Youth Chooses options presented
      Informing youth about rights and legal restrictions
      Peer support

III. Families and Youth are Equal Partners
     Family and Youth are equal partners
      Ensure/prepare
      Realistic timelines temporary plans
      Participation in planning and decision making
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      Youth and family values, strengths, culture& interest drive activities
      Focus on strengths and unique needs for each youth
      Include members of household or who youth identifies as family

IIII. Respect Individual, Family and Community Values
      Culture, ethnic, spiritual, and religious values, needs, sexual orientation in
        service planning and delivery.
      Support exploration of all of the above without denial/impose
      Respect youth morals
      Respect the youth (Ex: Hair Grease)
      Respect who the youth wants/doesn’t want as a support system
      Respect and follow through with all of the above for youth

V. Normalize the situation
   Support and build healthy relationships
    Consistency with supports and relationships

Vi. Help is accessible
    Help is available when the youth needs it
     An array of appropriate appealing services and supports are available
     Working together in support of youths plan/common goal
     Create affective systems to communicate
     Keep communication open to reduce redundancy

VII. Consumers are Satisfied and collaborative meaningful outcomes are
    Youth and Families are satisfied and collaborative meaningful outcomes
    are achieved
     Placements are stable through ongoing evaluation
     Ensure youth and families satisfaction-self sufficient
     Promote a youth and family informed system
     Developing a baseline-informed by youth success
     Promote youth advisory boards.

Overall, the Youth in Transition Summit was a Success. Youth participants had
an opportunity to bond in a safe environment and reflect on personal
experiences. It was apparent that youth felt comfortable as they supported one
another, and respected each others opinions and differences. The atmosphere
2009 Youth in Transition Summit
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was driven by youth as they listened to music, showed their personal style and
creativity, and had fun!

             Next Steps

A revised version of the Transition Age Youth Charter Document will be sent to
participants for final review. 2-3 youth who participated in the Summit will travel
to Juneau to present this information to policymakers and visit individually with
state legislators.

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