TransLife‘s purpose is to equip female adolescents with independent living skills, real-world opportunities and therapeutic supports in order to prepare them for adulthood. Staff will provide advocacy, monitoring and role modeling of appropriate skills in order to enhance self-sufficiency. The goal is to provide positive youth development, guidance, and support, so they are able to be self-sufficient, productive, and successful in reaching their life’s goals. This is accomplished through increasing the youth’s skills in accessing services within their community, building support networks, teaching skills with experiential learning in self-management, daily living skills, educational support, employment assistance, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and constructive coping strategies by professionally trained treatment staff.
Youth will have an active role in case planning and implementation. The TransLife program also focuses on assisting residents with career preparation, such as career exploration, community involvement, job readiness classes, resume building, interview preparation, money management, and seeking employment. When appropriate, residents will receive assistance in completing their FAFSA, 21st Century Scholarship application, and college applications to help them prepare for college admission. Youth may also participate in post-secondary education or vocational education.
The foundation of the TransLife program is therapeutic in nature as residents receive robust individual, family and group therapy services, in addition to the aforementioned milieu-based supports. Therapy is utilized to address underlying mental health symptoms, model and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, age-appropriate problem-solving, and manage stressors associated with transitioning to independence. In so doing, the TransLife program provides a comprehensive approach to preparing female adolescents for the real-world.