Through the support of a Youth Transition Navigator, The Arc of DC has implemented a one year training model for 30 youth and families to include benefits training, transition planning, referrals for post-secondary education, and job readiness programs as well as providing other information and support to assist families and students. Through individual advocacy and support, individuals and families are gaining greater awareness to navigate the systems they need to support them to navigate their own lives. The Arc of DC convened a Community Advisory group to guide and direct the mission of the project, design the training curriculum, and solidify partnerships with public and charter schools and government. Project activities include information, counseling and referral for individuals and families, one-on-one support navigation and training, structured training classes on the above mentioned areas, outreach and transition planning to access jobs and careers education through collaboration with DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the DC Department on Disability Services (DDS). The project has also collected significant data on the effectiveness of training classes and information, the supports students receive in their transition plan, the successful outcomes related to DCPS and the DDS on working with students and families.
Submitted by The Arc of the District of Columbia.