All Kinds of News for October 10, 2018
Staff members at Onward Transitions (OT) have been helping emerging adult members prepare for election season by providing information on voter registration and exposure to the democratic process. Though staff members do not share their political views with members, OT’s milieu is a safe place for emerging adults to engage in kind and tolerant discussions with each other about their beliefs.
In preparation for November, members are choosing different routes to cast their ballots:
Some experienced voters have chosen to cast absentee ballots in their home states. Some who call New England home have chosen to plan to take the day off and drive back and vote in their home state.
Some will vote in Portland as first time Mainers; because they have their own apartments they can submit a utility bill in their names to register. Alternately they can produce a bank statement or pay stub as proof of residence. One current member is a first time voter and is going through the initial process with staff assistance.
Members participate in a democratic process each month called community meeting. Each member has a voting right and states their position on the monthly topics they had previously put on the agenda. The recommendations that come from this legislative body (which follows Robert’s Rules of Order) are then passed along to the executive branch (the planning team which serves as the Executive Director’s cabinet) and then is decided on. Previous decisions made through this process have included use of recreation funds, location for trips, timing of meals and the naming of the newest program vehicle.
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.