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Mar 22 Teen and Young Adult Newsletter

News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs March 2022


Solutions 22 is right around the corner, and we want to make it a special evening. Join us as we honor our Volunteers and Partners & Celebrate four decades of innovation of service to people with disabilities. Friday evening, April 29th.

Cylburn Arboretum
4915 Greenspring Ave – 21209
There will also be livestream participation.

QR code that you can scan with your phone to register yourself for Solutions 22.

Save the Date!

Scan the QR Code or Click Below to Register for the Event.
Click Here to Register

Multiple squares in orange and teal stating that the IMAGE Center of Maryland and VME are having a celebration called Solutions 22.
Alt Text: April 29th Solutions 22. Older black and white image of three people looking off in the same direction. Second image is of a young man riding a specialized bike, wearing a helmet.

Logo for the Youth Leadership Form. "Where Leadership Takes Flight".
Alt Text: MD-YLF Logo (a bird flying past the capital building). Reads. Maryland Youth Leadership Forum. Where Leadership Takes Flight. Open to: Maryland Students with disabilities in their last two years of high school
Cost: The forum is FREE for all of our participants
Date: June 23 rd to 25 th 2022
Location: Towson University
Deadline to apply: Please get applications in ASAP
Interviews: Danielle Bustos, Maryland Youth Leadership Coordinator will contact applicants
about scheduling interviews.

About Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)

 Learn about assistive technology and how it can help gain independence
 Participate in the YLF Paint Night, Build Self Advocacy Skill poetry, and other social
 Meet people with disabilities who serve various roles in the community.
 Learn about the legislative process and advocacy.
 Meet alumni and other students from the state of Maryland.
 Meet Your State representatives.

For more information contact, Danielle Bustos at 240-898-2189/
or Shannon Minnick at 240-638-0070/

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Female Connect Program Participant sips on her drink while playing a game of Would You Rather? with a female Peer Mentor holding a game card at a restaurant during a Connect program event.
Alt Text: Female Connect program participant sipping on a drink at a table with a female Peer Mentor reading a game card and smiling.
Peer Mentor Application is CLOSED!

Applications for students wishing to become Peer Mentors for the Spring session of the Connect program are now CLOSED.
Interested in applying for Peer Mentorship? Email Jessica Leone for upcoming application windows.

Questions? Email Jessica Leone at

Celebrating Fearless Moments

Alt Text: Female Connect Participant Julia Kirk smiling at the camera wearing a “Be Kind” T-shirt.

Fearless Moment Highlight from Instructional Support Specialist Ms. Amanda Taylor ~
“Julia Kirk has been a participant of our teen and young adult programs for many years, and she recently returned to participate in our Connect Program. Her progress has been outstanding, and she demonstrates a fearless attitude during each of our group sessions! Julia is always eager to speak up and answer questions in group discussions. She doesn’t mind being the first to answer, and she shows the rest of the group members that it’s ok to speak up and share your thoughts. She serves as a role model for others by having a positive attitude toward learning and participating. She also shows encouragement to her peers, and she provides support when she is interacting with the group by showing empathy and understanding. We think Julia does a wonderful job of showing us how to be fearless”! 
Here is to being FEARLESSLY you today!

Upcoming Events

The Connect Program
Registering now for our virtual sessions!

Mar. 1Mar. 15Mar. 29Apr. 12Apr. 26May 10
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 through May!

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.

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