Independent Living Program

Transition Program Overview

The JEMfriends Transition Program is the foundation of support that we offer each of our JEMyouth.  The basic areas of support that we offer these youth are a transition program plan, housing, community, life skills training, transportation, education support, and employment support.  The goal of this program and what it provides is to equip JEMyouth for life and independence, so that they can be healthy and contributing members in their communities, their careers, and their future families.

  • Transition Program Plan: Each youth has an individualized program plan that is based on their goals and education.
  • Housing: JEMfriends provides a home for each JEMyouth, throughout the time they are in the transition program. In these homes, the youth are able to connect with the JEMfriends community (other JEMyouth and JEMfriends staff and volunteers).  JEMfriends’ staff also work directly with the youth on schedule management, basic living skills, conflict resolution, and other important areas of development.
  • Community: The JEMfriends community consists of all the staff, volunteers, mentors, and other JEMyouth around each youth in the JEMfriends program.  We provide many opportunities for each youth in JEMfriends to connect to a community that supports them in learning, growing, and achieving their goals.
  • Life Skills Training: Life Skills Training sessions include instruction on topics such as resume writing and building, budgeting and money management, health and nutrition, social skills development, homemaking, and more.
  • Transportation: JEMyouth are provided transportation to and from appointments, job interviews, and work. They are also given bus passes and support to help them purchase bikes or vehicles.
  • Education support: Each JEMyouth receives guidance to help them obtain their high school diploma/GED and further their education through college or vocational schooling.
  • Employment support: JEMyouth receive assistance in building their resumes, interviewing for jobs, gaining volunteer experience, networking, and more.

If you are interested in our transition program, please visit the pages listed below.