All Kinds of News for November 09, 2016
EDGE Learning & Wellness recently launched a new digital portfolio to enable students to track and share their skill acquisition throughout their time in the program. The approach -- having students own the process and the information -- is a hallmark of EDGE's philosophy that a true transition program empowers each person to lead their own life and claim responsibility for all aspects of it. Additionally, the portfolio is a tool that students can use to communicate their progress to their parents and others who are invested in their success.
According to a current EDGE student, "The portfolio helps me keep track of all of the things I should be doing while I'm here. It seems like a lot at first, but I like checking things off as I do them and it's going to feel good once everything is done. I like that I have evidence of everything that I'm working on."
Students are equipped with the program's clear expectations and the support of their therapeutic Life Coaches and Learning Coordinator to work through the skill acquisition process. Beginning with a multi-domain life and learning skill assessment, the goal-focused, task-driven approach results in students developing mastery over a number of important daily living skills:
- Finance: budgeting, spending, saving
- Health management: medication management, appointment setting
- Problem-solving: assertiveness, self-advocacy, identification and use of resources
- Engagement: schedule management, contribution through volunteering or work
- Organization: effective management of time and space
- Relationships: communication with parents, professors, staff, and peers
- Academic: Writing, reading, and study skills
In keeping with EDGE's personalized approach, built into the portfolio are reflective writing assignments and personal challenges tailored to each student's goals. Students have graduated from EDGE with valuable life skills and now will have a running record of accomplishment to bolster their confidence and ability to succeed post-program.
As described by Brittany Williams, EDGE's Learning Coordinator, "The portfolio encourages students to take ownership for their own learning by setting attainable goals and helping students reach them. It's inspiring to watch the transformation that occurs as the responsibility of completing tasks shifts from staff to student!"
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.