EPICENTER will provide youth who are 16 – 24 years old and currently living in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz County with at least 2 My LIFE Transition meetings per program year that supports their road to self-sufficiency after dismissal from the foster care system.
A calendar will be created, maintained and regularly shared to guide the scheduling of My LIFE meetings so that all involved parties will be aware of the youth participants and timelines. The My LIFE Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that all meetings that form part of the My LIFE Transition Program are in place for each youth participant and that all involved parties are in attendance. Social Workers will be responsible for providing the ILP Coordinator with relevant context and background of the youth participant.
The ILP Coordinator will schedule and facilitate the Pre-Work meetings with the participant and youth advocate. The Pre-Work meetings serve to complete a comprehensive assessment, identify participant goals and strengths, determine invitees and provide the participant with an overview of the My LIFE meeting format, purpose and outcomes. The youth advocate will be responsible for maintaining relevant documentation during the pre-work process.
Upon completion of pre-work the ILP Coordinator will schedule a Strategy meeting with the youth advocate and My LIFE Coordinator to prepare for the 1st My LIFE meeting. The ILP Coordinator will provide information regarding the participants’ goals and potential barriers, including any relevant information provided by the Social Worker. At the Strategy meeting the list of invitees will be provided to the My LIFE Coordinator. The My LIFE Coordinator will determine location and invite attendees at least 2 weeks in advance of the scheduled My LIFE meeting.
1st My LIFE meeting
Follow-up My LIFE Meeting
A quarterly collaboration meeting will be implemented to ensure that all agencies participating can give feedback regarding program refinements and coordinate the participant calendar.