Youth Homelessness - Life Skills - Minutes for Feb 2, 2012
Attended: Connie Ladd – Family Violence Project, Tony Veit – Kennebec Behavioral Health, Gloria Audet – Volunteer &Caring citizen, Ashalie Wark – Youth Move ME in Kennebec, Ruth St. Amand – Healthreach RSVP, Nancy Souza – South End Teen Center, Jackie Dupont – Hardy Girls Healthy Women, David Dickson – Captain of Salvation Army, Angela McMahon – LCSW at RSU 18 &Homeless Liaison, Audrey Booker – New Dimensions Credit Union, Caring citizen, Cindy Manson – Program Director of The Children’s Place at The Maine Children’s Home, Faye Nicholson – REM, Executive Director
~Introductions and recap of vision/goal of Life Skills Initiative
~Nancy Souza briefly explained YETE (Youth Empowerment Through Employment).
~Ruth St Amand spoke about RVSP's Thresholds and Decisions program which teaches a five-step decision-making model to inmates who are within a few month of their release. Through their involvement in the program, Thresholds graduates have the chance to create better lives for themselves and a safer, more productive community for us all. RSVP has interest in exploring utilizing the Thresholds model with teenagers.
~Homeless youth often difficult to identify whether they are high-functioning students in school or fearful of being approached by adults in community.
~What are the life skills homeless youth need? Not clear/concise list. Unique to each youth and dependent on their challenges, age, length of homelessness, supports available before/during/after crisis. Could be as basic as: how to get food (shopping/cooking), medical attention, social etiquette, housing.
~How might Life Skills training be provided?
Next mtg set for February 16. Agenda to share new info and plan for presentation to the Homeless Youth collective mtg scheduled for February 28