Transition specialists are responsible for managing transition services at the 22 detention center schools across the state. Services vary by service district but range from checking in with the youth’s school post-release to verify attendance, to meeting with the youth and his family to develop a transition plan, to arranging meetings with the school or community placement to assist the youth in transition.
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Goal 2: Adult Support
Goal 7: Career Pathways
Goal 9: Smooth Transitions
The Education Advocates program, run by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, pairs education advocates with youth being released from both adult and juvenile detention facilities. Youth must agree to participate and will be assigned an advocate based on selection criteria that vary by local facility, but generally include risk of re-offending, school function, community/work function, social skills, substance/mental health risk, risk or threat to others, and strengths.
PathNet is a systems-change initiative that coordinates educational advocates from a range of youth-serving organizations, institutions, and schools to offer skill development and case management to at-risk youth, including those involved in the juvenile justice system. PathNet’s goal is to promote achievement of a diploma, GED, or vocational certificate and engagement in career planning.
Transition specialists are responsible for managing transition services at the 22 facility schools across the state. The range of services include brief check in with the school or work placement to ensure the student attended, meeting with the youth and his family member to develop a transition plan, and arranging a meeting with the school or community placement to assist the youth in transition. The Education Advocates program only serves youth with the greatest need and who are the most amenable to services.