All Kinds of News for May 10, 2017
Practicing independent living and other adult life skills are key values to Dragonfly Transitions, a young adult program located in southern Oregon. This is why in 2010 the owners of Dragonfly Transitions, Mona Treadway and Glenn White, purchased A Leap of Taste. A Leap of Taste is a coffee shop, experiential learning opportunity, open mic and healthy food option for Klamath Falls, OR. Glenn White stated “it was a perfect opportunity to support students at Dragonfly in an internship and transition into real work experience”. A Leap of Taste is a community resource with real-life opportunities to gain skills with coffee, food and customer service, all while being in the middle of a busy town.
Jay Treetop, the manager at A Leap of Taste, works with volunteers from Dragonfly Transitions, who work a range of anywhere from 5-25 hours a week. When a paid position becomes available, it is offered to the intern who demonstrates employability. Jay stated that one of the most important aspects as a manager is to “adapt to learning styles”. Contrary to the response of a typical employer who'd reprimand an employee for poor performance, Jay understands that people learn differently, and might need to practice or learn it another way. Part of the Dragonfly vision is to create community connection and to raise a generation which understands the value of hard work and has confidence in their abilities.
Many young adults have limited work experience, which translates into a minimal resume. In addition to A Leap of Taste, Dragonfly collaborates with local Klamath Falls businesses to provide a variety of other internship opportunities. Students acquire these internships through an application and interview process in order to gain hands on experience. In addition to the vocational skills there are therapeutic experiences that students go through like having to manage anxiety during the interview process, navigating feelings of being overwhelmed in the work place, and conflict management with co-workers and employers.
To support these life challenges and experiences, students participate in a weekly seminar with peers where they debrief, provide and receive feedback and set weekly goals. Weekly meetings with Dragonfly staff, employers and interns ensure continued education and maximize the learning opportunity. Phillip Squibb, Dragonfly Education Director, stated “the community of Klamath Falls has been open and willing to provide learning experiences for our students, which has supported Dragonfly students in their transition into young adulthood with a solid foundation upon which to build”.
About Dragonfly TransitionsDragonfly Transitions serves young adults 18 -30 in three locations in Southern Oregon – Klamath Falls, Ashland, and the Homestead (for men, just south of Klamath). Students learn life skills and work to transition into a healthy young adult life with independence, autonomy, integrity and sustainability. Dragonfly provides opportunities for real world experience in a stable, supportive environment where students can flourish.