LifeSchool is the Center’s school-based program in South Bay on the campus of Southwest High School. Within the two classrooms, the Center helps up to 22 special education students, 7th-12th grade, who are struggling emotionally and academically and need higher-level support than a traditional classroom to get back on a successful life track. Students are referred from the Sweetwater Union High School District and are usually demonstrating poor performance in the classroom, both with school work and their behaviors. Many are struggling in their peer-to-peer relationships as well as with family members. The behavioral health needs of the students vary from depression, anxiety, ADHD, disruptive behavior, and many others – usually with a combination of factors contributing to their cause. The commonality is that the behaviors are negatively affecting the students’ ability to succeed at school. All students are working with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that outlines their needs and builds a unique plan to meet their goals. The Center staff represents the therapeutic component of the school-based program. The highly-skilled, culturally-competent team care about each student’s success and are equipped to share many different tools and practices for students to achieve their goals. Additionally, the team is mostly comprised of South Bay natives who are very closely connected to the community.
The Acquired Brain Injury Program provides students with the tools needed to succeed in important areas of daily life including interpersonal relationships, work, school and community.
Access to Independence is an independent living center and a nonresidential, cross-disability, non-profit corporation that provides services to people with disabilities to help maximize their independence and fully integrate into their communities. We have created a new paradigm for independent living, an integrated service model driven by two areas of focus: Advocacy and Transition.
Urban Corps is a locally-based nonprofit that provides a high school education and green job training to young adults. The majority of youth employed at Urban Corps did not succeed in a traditional high school setting and we help them get a second chance to go back to school and develop new skills, while contributing to the overall quality of life in the San Diego area. We provide job training and community service in the fields of conservation and recycling, which will assist youth in becoming more employable while protecting San Diego’s natural resources.
TRACE is part of the San Diego Unified School District and is an educational support network to assist young adult students with disabilities in transition from high school to adult life. TRACE encourages students to be as independent as possible in the community.
Access, Inc.’s Metro Youth Program provides work readiness and employment options in a wide variety of activities to ensure that all youth have the skills and training they need to successfully make the transition to adulthood and careers.
Harmonium’s Family Youth Partner Program offers full service partnerships to children and transition age youth. Within this program, San Diego County Mental Health and Harmonium are working together with mental health therapists to achieve treatment plan goals. Our staff members understand that mental health issues are often complicated by other life challenges such as physical health, limited resources, economics, educational needs, employment, legal system and daily life experiences.
The Fostering Change Independent Living Skills program is designed to help foster youth achieve self-sufficiency when they age out of foster care. We provide intensive life skills training and case management support.
Extended Foster Care (EFC) provides support to foster care youth up to their 21st birthday. This provides foster youth with an opportunity to have increased responsibilities and independence, which will help prepare them for self sufficiency.
Able-Disabled Advocacy’s mission is “to provide vocational skills training and educational advancement for youth and adults with disabilities and to assist them in finding employment and overcoming barriers to personal and financial self-sufficiency.”