SMART GUIDES: Preparing Youth for Adult Independence and Work

Smart Transitions is a program initiative of the Together We Can Foundation based on the latest brain research, which has revealed just how important the time period of 12 to 24 years of age is for adult brain development and connectivity. The period in a young person’s life that stretches from puberty through adolescence and into their young adult years is a critical time for the development of an adult-functioning brain. While we may not be able to impact the neurological timetable of brain development, we can do a much better job of promoting socialization and behavioral maturation.

One of the things we have found that truly leads to Smart Transitions are “transition conversations.” That means engaging youth in serious and open-ended conversation about their futures, their dreams, and their plans. This is the secret behind the success of our small classes targeting at-risk teens. But we also understand that the need is far too great for any one organization to address on its own, so Smart Transitions is also a community initiative. It involves school systems, human service agencies, and non-profit organizations serving youth.

We’ve taken some of the best information from our youth programs and made it available in print guides and workbooks to help teachers, parents, mentors, and youth program staff facilitate these transition conversations with the youth in their care. This is our Smart Transitions Guide Program.

If you are a non-profit or community agency serving youth in Hampton Roads and Southeastern Virginia, you may be eligible to receive Smart Guides for your youth and Smart Guide training for your staff.

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GET SET GUIDE:
A Smart Guide to Adult Life

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GET WORK GUIDE:
A Smart Guide to Work

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MiPlan Workbook: A Smart
Transitions Workbook

GET SET: A Smart Guide to Adult Life

is a great compilation of useful things to know about preparation, education, and planning on the path to adult independence. It’s based on over 30 years of experience working with young adults and draws on work with focus groups made up of both youth and adults who serve them.

It begins with a section about what makes someone an adult and explores the legal, biological, social, developmental, financial, and behavioral definitions for adulthood in our culture. From there, the GET SET Guide covers topics such as:

  • What can I do to be better prepared for adult life?
  • What do I need in order to be successful?
  • How do I prepare for a career?
  • How do I get a job?
  • How do I stay happy?

Filled with great conversation starters, checklists, and suggestions, this profusely illustrated, 48 page, full-color guide is the perfect way to provide structure to a parent/child, teacher/student, or mentor/youth interaction.

GET WORK: A Smart Guide to Work

is a great compilation of useful things to know about preparation, education, and planning on the path to adult independence. It’s based on over 30 years of experience working with young adults and draws on work with focus groups made up of both youth and adults who serve them.

It begins with a section about what makes someone an adult and explores the legal, biological, social, developmental, financial, and behavioral definitions for adulthood in our culture. From there, the GET SET Guide covers topics such as:

  • What can I do to be better prepared for adult life?
  • What do I need in order to be successful?
  • How do I prepare for a career?
  • How do I get a job?
  • How do I stay happy?

Filled with great conversation starters, checklists, and suggestions, this profusely illustrated, 48 page, full-color guide is the perfect way to provide structure to a parent/child, teacher/student, or mentor/youth interaction.

miPlan: A Smart Transitions Workbook

is a great compilation of useful things to know about preparation, education, and planning on the path to adult independence. It’s based on over 30 years of experience working with young adults and draws on work with focus groups made up of both youth and adults who serve them.

It begins with a section about what makes someone an adult and explores the legal, biological, social, developmental, financial, and behavioral definitions for adulthood in our culture. From there, the GET SET Guide covers topics such as:

  • What can I do to be better prepared for adult life?
  • What do I need in order to be successful?
  • How do I prepare for a career?
  • How do I get a job?
  • How do I stay happy?

Filled with great conversation starters, checklists, and suggestions, this profusely illustrated, 48 page, full-color guide is the perfect way to provide structure to a parent/child, teacher/student, or mentor/youth interaction.