What TAY Providers Want to Know (and aren’t afraid to ask)

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At the first TAY UN-Convention, we selected the topics for our small groups based on the responses to a Survey Monkey.  Forty-five TAY providers participated in ranking what they “would most like to learn more about”. 

The TOP 3 were:

  1. How to assist transition age youth and young adults (TAYYA) with housing.
  2. How to work effectively with trauma exposed TAYYA.
  3. How to best engage and support TAYYA’s in their educational goals. career goals (education + employment)

These polling results correspond with the priority training and program needs I’ve heard from TAYYA programs across the country.

  • Not surprisingly, affordable, developmentally appropriate housing with needed levels of support and supervision remain a critical need.  Several California TAYYA programs were able to share their innovative approaches  to housing with their envious colleagues.
  • The prevalence of trauma amongst the TAYYA population is well documented.  A recent study noted that trauma disorders continue to be greatly un- and under-diagnosed, as well as untreated.  This is especially true for young people aging out of foster care and probation.  It seems that many in the mental health system persist in focusing on “what’s wrong with you”?, rather than the trauma informed question of “what’s happened to you”?
  • Many TAYYA providers are appropriately concerned with how they can best connect and re-connect their participants with educational and training resources.  So many TAYYA’s have had difficult academic experiences or dropped out,  and may understandably wish to avoid further frustration.  At the Un-Convention, some TAYYA programs reported establishing key partnerships with local community colleges (Disabled Students Programs & Services) , adult education and literacy programs.

What topics do you think the Central Region Un-Convention should focus on?

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