Successful Transitions Resource Center

Teens, ages 15 to 18

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Successful Transitions© Program

Launched in 2018 after a one-year successful pilot, the Successful Transitions© Program at the San Diego Center for Children was developed to help guide at-risk transition-age youth in creating a personalized plan for the future while building the skills and community connections they need to achieve their goals and well-being. When transition-age youth struggle with behavioral health challenges, learning differences, development disabilities, and/or history of trauma and/or abuse, becoming an adult can feel especially overwhelming. These youth are highly susceptible to school dropout, unemployment, and homelessness. Mental health challenges impact their ability to manage emotions, communicate with others, cope with stressors, plan ahead, and follow through—all needed for success in adult life. And for foster youth, these challenges are further compounded by the lack of safety and support a family provides.

Our collective-impact approach brings together providers, agencies, and nonprofits to adopt this new methodology as a common framework to produce meaningful, systemic change in how at-risk youth receive the guidance and support they need to become successful members of our community.

Involvement in Successful Transitions© includes three key components:

  • 1
    A comprehensive assessment of transition needs involving the youth and parent/caretaker
  • 2
    The development of an Individualized Transition Plan
  • 3
    Assistance and coaching in implementing the plan

Youth in all of our programs have access to this service, and it is also offered as a specialized program for students attending San Diego Center for Children Academy. For more information, please visit our SDCC Academy page for contact information.

Additionally, we also have available an online Resource Center below, which is a searchable database of other organizations in the region who support transition age youth.

Explore Transition Resource Categories

Independent Living Skills

Independent living skills are the skills and abilities a person needs to function independently as an adult

Job & Career

Vocational/trade schools, career counseling, and and job readiness training in San Diego County


Local community colleges and universities, financial aid and scholarships, and educational support services


Shelters, transitional living programs and other housing resources in San Diego County

Physical Health & Well-Being

General medical services, reproductive health services, hospitals and emergency medical care services, and dental services

Emotional & Behavioral Well-Being

General mental health services, substance abuse services, and eating disorder services in San Diego County

Community Centers & Recreation

Local recreation centers, clubhouses for specialized needs, activities for a variety of interests, and volunteer opportunities

Benefits Assistance

Resources to help obtain benefits and emergency needs assistance in San Diego County

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The resources and services in this directory are provided by external partners and not by San Diego Center for Children.

Funded by the Generosity of

Bank of America

St. Germaine Children's Charity

Agency Inclusion

If you would like to have your agency listed in our Successful Transitions© Resource Center or to update your agency’s information, please send
us an email.


We do not endorse any specific organization listed nor are we responsible for ensuring the quality of the services listed. Users should always select services at their own discretion. Additionally, this information is subject to change as funding for programs can shift over time, though we do our very best to keep the resource center as up-to-date as possible.

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