Transitioning to adulthood can be a difficult time for everyone, and it can be especially difficult for youth with disabilities. Once youth leave school or turn 22-24 years old, services cut off that had been in place their whole life, and youth and families are left trying to figure out what to do next.
In order to help with this transition, the Mentor Match team hosts a number of events specifically around transition-to-adulthood topics. These events are a part of PYD’s ongoing collaboration with the Mass Rehabilitation Commission.
Over the next few months, we have two transition events planned: a summer job workshop, and a self-advocacy training. You can find more information on them below.
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On Monday, April 8th, the Boston Bruins Foundation generously invited the Mentor Match program to the TD Garden in order to help run the 50/50 raffle at that night’s game. The idea was that Mentor Match volunteers would help sell 50/50 tickets for part of the game, and half the money raised would go to support the Mentor Match program.
The Bruins Foundation is a longtime supporter of PYD, and we are honored that they granted us this fantastic opportunity to fundraise while enjoying a Bruins game. Due to their generous support through the years, and their dedication to helping local youth with disabilities, the Bruins Foundation will be one of this year’s LEGENDS Awards winners at our upcoming Party 4 Partners benefit event.
More information on the game below.
Last week, PYD’s National Center kicked off the second year of the three year “Inclusive Fitness for Youth” Initiative, funded by the Boston Foundation.
Some readers might remember that in 2012 — the initiative’s first year — PYD worked with the South Boston Boys and Girls Club. This year, PYD selected the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester and the West Suburban YMCA, both of which had reached out to us in search of disability inclusion support over the past six months.
The Springfield branch of Making Healthy Connections visited American International College on Saturday, March 30th for MHC’s annual event focused on nutrition. At the event, youth were offered a hands-on opportunity to cook healthy recipes in an accessible kitchen with Occupational Therapy students from American International College. The event was such a success, it was even featured on the CBS 3 Springfield evening news!
We’ve included an excerpt from the news coverage of the event below, and you can read the full article at this link: