Age of Majority Unit

Location

The Age of Majority (AOM) Unit is located at 4th Floor – 360 Broadway.

Staff

Jaime Chartrand – Director of Services
Kyle McClintock – Supervisor
Dennis Dare, Gayle Parisien, Melanie Boulette, ****** *****, Hernan Biderman, Patricia Monias, Dorothy Anderson – Direct Services Workers
Jasmine Greene – Administrative Assistant

Age of Majority staff

This specialized unit provides transitional services to youth and young adults who are between the ages of 16 and 20 years old.  The AOM receive referrals from the Agency’s direct services on and off-reserve units.  The AOM workers handle between 20 and 25 cases to allow the workers more individual time with the youth, enabling the worker to wrap around as many resources and supports as possible to transition the youth out of care and have long-term positive outcomes.  Presently, the AOM Unit has a wait list of 85 cases.

When transitioning the youth out of care, it is important to bear in mind the cognitive functioning of the youth and their individual strengths and weaknesses. This involves comprehensive assessments in order to find the best possible resources for the young person. Out of care services may include independent living or community assisted living for adults, all of which requires the planning and completion of assessments, applications, and collaborating with the community resources to meet the stringent criteria and deadlines for these processes.

Highlights and Events

  • Twenty-nine youth successfully transitioned out of Agency care
  • All AOM staff attended training and workshops to enhance their knowledge and capacity to better support the youth at times of crisis, transition out of care, and wrap around services to support their well-being. Workshops included: Preparing Youth for Successful Adulthood; Working with At Risk Youth; Street Gangs and Drugs; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training; Substance Abuse and Mental Health; Supporting Healthy Choices for Youth with FASD.
  • Organized a Resource Symposium in June 2017 which saw the bringing of the resources to the youth, and creating an opportunity for foster parents and social workers to network with the community resources. There were 92 vendors and 77 participants in attendance.
  • Developed a community resource booklet for youth so they know what is available to them in the community. This resource book is given to every youth who ages out of the unit.
  • An art show was organized on December 1, 2017, where several youths were able to display their art and profit from the sales of their work.
  • Cultural retreats for young males between the ages of 16-20 were organized from November 10-12, 2016, and February 17-20, 2017. This group named Zongiigabowen “Standing Together” continues to meet on a regular basis under the Agency’s new Cultural Program.
  • The young men participated in sharing circles, sweats, pipe, water and naming ceremonies, plus they have received cold-water immersion training, where they learned how to survive a fall through the ice and/or how to help someone who has fallen through the ice. Additionally, the young men received teachings from elders and women which stressed respect for others, especially women, children, and elders.
  • Established a partnership with Knowles Centre’s Supported Adolescent Independent Living (SAIL) Program which resulted with 17 apartments to be reserved for the use of youth from SECFS. This program provides the opportunity for the youth aging out of care to learn how to successfully live independently to prevent future homelessness.

Goals

  • Assist and support the reunification and repatriation of our youth to their families and home communities wherever possible.
  • Develop further training for youth to improve their employability and overall life skills.
  • Host another resource symposium for the youth to gain more information about the community services available to them.
  • Organize another art show for the youth so they can continue to have opportunities to profit from their creations and further develop their skills and self-esteem.
  • Promote youth led sharing circles where youth can meet to share and learn from each other, and create their own peer support groups.

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