All Kinds of News for November 07, 2018
Onward Transitions members engage in some combination of work, service and education during their time in Portland, Maine. Members understand the value of their experience and appreciate that the skills they attain will extend and enhance their opportunities beyond their time with Onward Transitions and enhance their quality of life. Staff are transparent with members about their own pursuits of lifelong learning, both at and away from formal educational institutions. Examples of members’ learning pursuits include:
- Learning a foreign language at the Portland Language Exchange
- Learning carpentry skills at the Open Bench Project
- Learning sculpting through continuing education at the Maine College of Art
- Learning to drive through a local driver’s education school
- Learning self defense through continuing education at the University of Southern Maine
- Learning personal money management through Portland Adult Education
- Learning to become a fitness professional through a local gym and national accrediting body
- Learning specialized cooking skills through workshops and food lab instruction
- Learning about the history of Portland by serving as a docent for the Portland Historical Society
- Learning about safe preparation and storage of food by becoming Serve-Safe certified
This fall, Onward Transitions staff participated in a number of professional development opportunities geared towards bettering service delivery to emerging adults.
- Clinical Director Andy Derstine met with Jeffrey Janson Arnett and learned about emerging adults and their place in a knowledge-based economy at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood at Clark University in Worcester, MA.
- Derstine and therapist Jackie Roberge engaged in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy workshops at the Seacoast Anxiety Symposium in Portsmouth, NH.
- Co-Founders Tracy Bailey and Darrell Fraize learned about steps that programs are taking to help emerging adults experience a more seamless move from the wilderness to transition programs, at the Northeast NATSAP regional conference in Falmouth, MA.
- Bailey and Fraize learned about the ways technology is impacting the lifestyles of emerging adults at the Young Adult Transition Association’s annual conference in Coeur D’Alene, ID
- Bailey learned about ways colleges and universities are looking to better support students with learning disabilities at the Lynn University Transition Conference in Boca Raton, FL.
- Career Exploration Coordinator Kristen Chandler learned about neuroscience and work at the Maine Career Development Association’s fall workshop in Lewiston, ME.
- Bailey and Fraize learned about social responsibility in business operations at NATSAP’s Leadership Summit in Salt Lake CIty, UT.
- Experiential Learning Coordinator Chris Berry, Roberge and Chandler learned about supporting the LGBT community as better allies at a SafeZone training at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.
- Derstine and Fraize will learn about improving ways of collaborating with educational consultants to better serve emerging adults at IECA’s fall conference in Los Angeles.
Staff utilize individual and group meetings throughout the week to share and integrate their learning into members’ experience at Onward Transitions. These intentional actions are focused on demonstrating the value of taking a life-long approach to learning, and modeling the necessity for it in thinking about career development and ultimately, quality of life.
About Onward Transitions
Onward Transitions (OT) in Portland, ME is a small, independent, owner-operated program for bright, motivated, emerging adults in the final stages of learning to live on their own. OT supports actual sustainable independent living and autonomy from two city locations. Participants (members) ages 18-29 never live with us; they live in their own apartments, scattered throughout the city. Members' challenges include anxiety, depression and executive functioning.