Transition to Independence Month
Road to Independence….Journey to success | November 2016
What is Transition to Independence Month?
Every year, more than 500 young people aged between 15 and 18 years old leave the care system. Without support from carers, friends, family and community, these young people often struggle to achieve positive life outcomes. Transition to Independence (T2i) Month focuses on assisting young people make the journey to living successfully as adults.
Transition to Independence Month (T2i Month) is held in November each year with a focus on highlighting the needs of young people as they make the journey from the child protection system to independence in order that they achieve positive life outcomes.
This year’s theme “Road to Independence… Journey to success” promotes the idea that a young person’s transition is a journey that evolves with time, and not something that should be rushed. The journey for young people to become independent and successful should focus on their aspirations and goals that set the direction for their transition to adulthood.
Transition to Independence Month is coordinated by G-Force, a sector-wide working party Chaired by the CREATE Foundation and made up of government and nongovernment organisations including: Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Foster Care Queensland, PeakCare Queensland, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak, Youth Advocacy Centre, Queensland Family and Chid Commission, Department of Housing and Public Works, Life Without Barriers, Office of the Public Guardian and Churches of Christ Care. Young people with a care experience play an active role in contributing to and leading the group’s work.
The work of G-Force is grounded in the opinions of young people with an out-of-home-care experience, with CREATE Foundation Young Consultants participating directly and indirectly in the group. G-Force seeks to support those working with young people in out-of-home-care by sharing practical information, practice wisdom and useful resources. The group also provides stakeholders with an opportunity to provide feedback about systemic changes that could lead to improved outcomes for young people in out-of-home-care.
How can you help?
- – Talk to young people about Next Step After Care and how they can access support www.nextstepaftercare.com.au .
– Hear from local young people about how they view transition to independence, and how we can help them to live independently.
– Organise your own local event for young people to celebrate their achievements in becoming independent.
– Coordinate an art exhibition featuring works from young people.
– Hold a fun group activity with young people (paddle boarding, go-karting) where you can talk about the challenges and opportunities.
– Organise a T2i expo where local service providers, including Next Step After Care, showcase the help they can provide to young people
To find out how you can be involved in T2i month click here for an information sheet.
G-Force has developed a poster specifically designed for young people. For a copy of this poster please click here. This poster can be displayed in areas that young people will frequent including, but not limited to offices, youth spaces, carers houses and residential’s.
If your organisations is hosting an event for T2i month then be sure to let us know! To register any events you may be running for T2i month in November please contact Kelly at CREATE on firstname.lastname@example.org with a blurb of your event and event details.
Transition to Independence Clips
Watch some of the excellent short films below for some stories and inspiration from young people, carers and professionals:
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.