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Programs Newsletter Nov21

News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs November, 2021
Always THANKFUL for our families!
This time of year we are always mindful to reflect on what we are most thankful for. At IMAGE we know that our Teen and Young Adult programs could not thrive without the support of our families. It is our families who take the time to register for sessions, drive to programs and commit to extending our curriculum at home and beyond. In these busy weeks ahead don’t forget to take a few moments to consider what you and your family are grateful for. As always we are beyond appreciative of all of the ways that our families work to support our programs including the sharing of social media posts, spreading the word to family and friends about our programs, giving kind feedback to favorite instructors, as well as contributing to our Annual Giving Tuesday campaign and our daily Sponsor a Student drive. Together we can continue to grow, to reach more students, to support more families and make a difference in our community.
Giving Tuesday Campaign Announcement. Connect program participants pose during a food drive event. Learn more at
Caption: Image of Connect Program Participants smiling and posing together during a Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Peer Mentor Spotlight

Cartoon Sticky Note that says "Next Time".
Fall Application is CLOSED! Applications for students wishing to become Peer Mentors for the Fall session of the Connect program have now closed!
Interested in applying for Peer Mentorship?
Application will reopen this winter! Stay tuned!
Questions? Email Jessica Leone at
Caption: Post it Note with the writing “Next Time”.
Celebrating Fearless Moments
At IMAGE we encourage our teens and young adults to step outside of their comfort zone to reach their greatest potential. One way that we do that is by reminding students that is okay to be unapologetically themselves, fearless of who they are and what others may or may not think of them. We hope this month’s celebration of fearlessness past and present inspires you to celebrate yourself and all that you contribute to the world around you!
Here is to being FEARLESSLY you today!
A Connect Program Participant Working with the Aide of her Personal Assistant and Towson U Student Intern to utilize her communication device during a Connect Program event.
Connect Program Participant Ellie Smith working with a Towson University Student Intern and Personal Aide to use her communication device during a Connect program session.
Utilizing a communication device a Connect Program participant makes her voice heard during a Connect Program Session! Go Ellie!
Upcoming Events
Two hands connecting two separate puzzle pieces. The Connect Program
THE FALL SESSION IS FULL!!! Stay tuned for future session registrations.

October 19th 6-7pm (Virtual)November 2nd 6-8pm (In-Person)November 16th 6-7pm (Virtual)November 30th 6-8pm (In-Person)December 14th 6-7pm (Virtual)December 28th (In-Person)

The Connect Program is a program that empowers teens and young adults with disabilities to step outside of their comfort zone, make connections with their community, build social experiences and recognize and achieve skills needed for increased independence in adulthood. These skills include money management, time management, social and communication skills, personal hygiene, meal planning and decision making skills just to name a few.

Contact learn more.
Click here to Register
PreETS Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training Program
Registration now open for sessions starting in November!

Want to be referred for this program?Contact Jessica Leone for information
The Self Awareness & Self Advocacy Training program through DORS is a five week program utilizing curriculum designed to empower teens with disabilities to explore areas of self awareness and promote the importance of self advocacy to enhance the overall independence and vocational opportunity of each student. During this program students will work with professional staff from The IMAGE Center to begin to engage in curriculum addressing Self Awareness & Advocacy, Disclosing Disability, Rights, Future Outlook, Transition Outlook and Utilizing Resources.
Contact learn more.
IMAGE 1: Two Hands connecting puzzle pieces.
IMAGE 2. Displays of work done by PreETS students recalling “What is Self Advocacy”?
Maryland Rehabilitation Conference Logo for November 18 & 19th expo at the Sheraton @ Towson
Support Youth Programs at The IMAGE Center
plant growing in cupped handsSponsor a Student Today!
Caption: Two hands holding a growing plant.
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