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Transition Age Youth - A Success Story

Posted by Victor Staff on September, 09, 2019

We recently received a letter from a young man who has been involved in our Transition Age Youth program. It warmed our hearts to hear, in his own words, what it felt like to overcome many of his challenges and gain hope for the future. We want to share his letter with you, but first let's answer the questions that you may have...

What are Transition Age Youth?

Transition Age Youth are clients between 15 and 24 years old who are moving towards adulthood and in many cases, independence. This is a critical time for them to receive support and guidance, especially those in foster care who may still be overcoming trauma and lack a standard family support structure. Our Transition Age Youth, or TAY programs focus on equipping clients with the skills they need to function as highly as possible. Our services address all identified transition needs including employment, educational opportunities, living situations, community life, medication, mental health, physical well being, drug and alcohol use, trauma, domestic violence, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.

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Topics: Transitional Age Youth Services (TAY)

Social Media and Teen Mental Health

Posted by Victor Staff on August, 08, 2019

We work with teens and young adults every day here at Victor. Many of our employees have their own children as well, so we are no stranger to the role that social media is playing in their lives. We try to communicate with kids about their online presence. It's good to set time limits and certain boundaries, but there's no denying that social media will be a part of their lives and follow them into adulthood. 

There are the obvious issues like cyberbullying and inappropriate content, but research shows there are more subtle issues that can develop in teens and young adults as a result of overuse and reliance on social media. Increased feelings of depression, isolation and anxiety can result from an unhealthy relationship with social media. These issues have become more prevalent in youth, but also affect adults when we form bad habits regarding our social media and online habits. In an article published by Psychology Today they explore this issue a little deeper. They ask some important questions and present some interesting findings, such as "College students have surpassed the elderly as the loneliest segment of the population."

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Topics: Transitional Age Youth Services (TAY), blog promotion

Teamwork at Victor's Perris Office Saves a Life

Posted by Victor Staff on September, 08, 2017

Sometimes we just need to pause, take a deep breath, and celebrate the incredible opportunities we have to step into tense and life-threatening situations and find a way to intervene and change the course of a human life.

Of course, we can’t share details because we care for and protect our clients, but we do want to celebrate with our Perris office an opportunity they had to intervene and quite literally help prevent a young lady from committing suicide. Mary Tretola, one of our Clinical Supervisors, paused in her day to relay an incredible story of teamwork that resulted in hope and a future for a troubled young woman.

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Topics: Transitional Age Youth Services (TAY)

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