What is Transition to Adulthood Month?
Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Month is held in November each year. T2A Month highlights the needs of young people as they make the journey from the child protection system to adulthood, experiencing positive life outcomes along the way.
Each year, more than 500 young people leave the Queensland child protection system in their transition to adulthood. This epic journey often involves finding accommodation, seeking employment, building support networks, accessing services, learning to budget, sorting out transport needs, starting bank accounts, locating important documents and much more. While these young people often receive support from family, carers, government and non-government service providers and their community, some young people make this transition with little help. All young people need support, networks and resources in their journey to adulthood.
In T2A Month we encourage workers, support services and carers to…
Have a conversation, host an event and get resourced!
Have a Conversation
Listen to young people’s goals, dreams and support needs as they transition to adulthood. Support young people to participate in their transition planning and develop life skills. Make time to talk to young people about services like Next Step Plus.
Host an Event
Last year there were lots of amazing, creative events across the State. In 2020, make sure you get along to a T2A event in your area, or why not host your own? We encourage you to chat to some other people in your team, contact a few local services to host a stall, put on a feed (like a sausage sizzle) and have a fun youth activity. Ask some young people you work with what they would like to do and brainstorm with young people and colleagues about other creative T2A ideas.
There are lots of fantastic T2A resources for young people and workers. Check out resources like Sortli (a free app for young people transitioning to adulthood) and the Go Your Own Way Kit (a booklet for young people who are on their T2A journey). A list of great T2A resources are available here.
CREATE has started a podcast called ‘Voices In Action’ for workers and carers in the sector. Our first episode which is available now, features care experienced young people sharing their views about extending care (support and placement) to 21. In September 2020, we will be releasing our ‘Transition to Adulthood’ episode featuring the T2A stories and experiences of Young Consultants.
This Transition to Adulthood Month let’s come together and support our young people on their journey.
T2A Month is an initiative of G-Force. G-Force is a sector-wide working group, chaired by CREATE Foundation and made up of government and non–government organisations. Young people with a care experience play an active role in contributing to and leading the group’s work. G-Force seeks to support those working with young people in out-of-home-care by sharing practical information, practice wisdom and useful resources.
Transition to Adulthood Clips
To learn about SORTLI, an app to help young people transition to independence, watch the video below.
Or, to learn more about resources that help the transitioning to independence and adulthood process, watch this video on CREATE’s Go Your Own Way (GYOW) kit:
For more transitioning from care videos, visit the CREATE Foundation YouTube channel.
Lastly, G-Force have pulled together a range of resources for workers, carers and young people when it comes to transitioning. For a list of these resources click here.
For young people leaving care and needing some support contact Next Step Plus at www.nextstepplus.com.au