Volume 4 Issue 7
Coming up in ASPIRE Arizona for July/August are:
Talk to your ASPIRE Case Manager or check out the ASPIRE Arizona calendar: https://tinyurl.com/ycw87v23. Feel free to contact us with any questions! Our toll free number is 844-260-2890.
Peak Parent Center staff have seen remarkable trends of the parents and youth who have attended the training. ASPIRE parents have learned how to help their youth find independence. They report they are more confident to let their youth take chances and expand their horizons. They are comfortable guiding rather than controlling their youth. ASPIRE youth are now reporting that they feel they have a future and can achieve their dreams. Many are pursing college or other training, and getting jobs, when they didn’t think they could in the past. Some have moved out on their own, surprising their parents. Youth are learning new skills, and when combined with their talents, are being successful as they move into adult life.
Peak Parent Center will continue the Parent Education trainings and the Youth Self-Determination trainings until February 28, 2019. Talk with your Case Manager and get the schedule of trainings for the coming months.
Dakota recently graduated from high school, and has been employed at various times during his education. His mother, Amy has helped facilitate his post-secondary education plans by contacting Rocky Mountain College regarding enrollment. In my last meeting Dakota and Amy were pleased to report he has been accepted to audit two courses during Fall semester. He will be taking a drama and voice class. His career goal is to work as a DJ, voice over actor or another job within the media arts.
Dakota is following his interest and passion for the arts after being involved in the Drama Club at his high school. He has acted and participated in all student productions for the past two years. He starred as Captain Hook in the production of Peter Pan! (“Avast ye swabbies!”).
Dakota and his family have been very active in ASPIRE attending the trainings offered, doing work experiences, going to the Montana Youth Leadership Forum and volunteering. In addition to these ASPIRE activities, Dakota is a super star athlete with Special Olympics and volunteers at his church as a greeter and child care worker.
Amy is the rock of this family and has worked very hard to support Dakota’s goals. She herself has completed the requirements to become a paraprofessional at the local school district. Amy is now working full time at a local Middle School and works tirelessly to facilitate Dakota’s continued success. Amy and Dakota inspire many in their community!
There is so much happening this summer that will lead to continued success and achieving goals for these self-determined youth.
Brian requested a special meeting with the school. He put together a support team of family members, staff from the Family Support Program and ASPIRE, as well as Bryce’s therapist. During the meeting Brian pushed for service. Together they developed an alternative placement plan for Bryce to complete the school year. However, he wasn’t done yet. Because Bryce was a senior and had just turned 18 his dad continued to advocate for him to participate in the 18 to 21 year old work transition program next year. He also set up a summer school program and got him signed up for camps and the Companion Care Program so he would continue to have structure through the summer months. Bryce is doing much better now. He even lead the last ASPIRE Self-Determination Class. Thanks to his Dad’s love and dedication, Bryce will have a chance to accomplish many more goals.
An ASPIRE Utah family contacted the Fair Credit Foundation wanting to pay off debts. They had learned of the Debt Management Program from an ASPIRE training with one of the FCF Certified Personal Financial Counselors. The family, had purchased an older home that needed a lot of repairs. To finance those repairs, they put the expenses on their credit card. Meanwhile, between adjusting to a new mortgage and paying down the balances, the family’s finances became very tight.
The family decided to enroll in the FCF Debt Management Program. They discussed debt repayment options with a counselor, and set up a spending plan. This five-year (or less) program is designed to help people pay down debt with monthly consolidated payments through a nonprofit credit counseling agency, such as Fair Credit Foundation. For this family, enrolling in this program has resulted in extra disposable income at the end of each month. In turn, the family has put this extra money towards other necessities and emergency savings.
If you would like free, personal assistance to address budget, savings, credit or debt concerns, tell your ASPIRE Case Manager. They are happy to connect you with a Certified Personal Financial Counselor from the Fair Credit Foundation.
|July 27, 2018|
In This Issue:
Summer is a busy time! Children and teens are out of school. Parents are figuring out how to keep them busy! The best option for young people is to get out in the community. Did you know that about 30% of teens in high school get jobs? And even more volunteer. Whichever a teen is doing, they are learning the many skills needed to move on to careers in the future, whether they are paid or not. Arriving on time, being friendly, dressing appropriately, doing job tasks – these are all important skills for the future.
ASPIRE youth are doing just that. ASPIRE’s research shows that youth who volunteer are more likely to become employed. So if you are a business, open your doors to youth with disabilities and diversify your workplace. Local museums, libraries and others welcome young people to volunteer. Teens, check out all the opportunities in your town or community. You might be surprised at what’s out there for you.
Some ASPIRE youth are getting a jump on college! Several recent graduates are taking classes this summer. Even taking one class during the slower summer helps a young person adjust to college life, whether that’s a technical school or a university.
So before summer is over, get busy! Make choices today that mean a career in the future!
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