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. For T2A resources please visit our T2A resources page
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.
The theme for T2A Month in 2021 is ‘Hopes and Dreams’. Every young person has dreams for their future. We want to see care-experienced young people listened to, supported and empowered to thrive, pursuing their dreams in life.
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.
|My CSO helped me on my transition to adulthood by listening to me, helping me get a disability companion card, and following through on promises. I felt like they cared and I felt very supported. I also got connected to|
Next Step which was helpful.
Host an Event
|“Going to a T2A event was a positive experience. I won six things in a competition. I walked away with a whole bunch of helpful pamphlets from stalls which was cool.” |
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 T2A resources are available here.
This Transition to Adulthood Month let’s come together and support our young people on their journey.