Aging Out or Growing Together? Flipping the Youth Services Paradigm to Better Support Young Adulthood

Aging Out or Growing Together?
Flipping the Youth Services Paradigm to Better Support Young Adulthood


Adapting Services to Maximize Young Adults Well Being


This five-part learning series is an open forum and discussion group for agencies and individuals that serve transition-aged youth and young adults. We will examine how our collective organizational values, implementation strategies, program design, and goals might expand to support the evolving, holistic needs of this age group.

Join us in collaboration with diverse youth-serving organizations for a learning series every other month, starting on November 30, that uplifts the complex and comprehensive needs of transition-aged youth. We will explore the creative ways youth-serving organizations are adjusting to best support them. Beyond exploring barriers to meaningful engagement and service provision, this generative space will also unpack culturally and developmentally appropriate models that support young adults in attaining wellness and self-actualization through guided conversation and promising-practice spotlights.



Learning Objectives

  1. Consider the unique experiences and developmental needs of transition-aged youth
  2. Build an understanding of brain science and culturally sustaining practices that strengthens service provision for transition-aged youth
  3. Expand organizational capacity to address priority topics, including but not limited to meaningful program engagement, teaming, healthy boundary setting, and accountability



All community-based organizations and institutions that support the mental health and wellness of transition-aged youth.


Series Sequence

From 10:00-11:30 a.m. PT on the last Wednesday of every other month


  • November 30, 2022: Kickoff Panel Discussion: Framing the Need for Responsive Young Adult Services


  • January 25, 2023: Building a Network of Support: Cross-Systems and Teaming with Caregivers

    > Register for Session 2


  • March 29, 2023: Elevating Culturally Affirming and Sustaining Services and Practices in Youth Service Agencies

    > Register for Session 3


  • May 31, 2023: Navigating Barriers to Service and Client/Participant Resistance in Case-Management

    > Register for Session 4


  • July 26, 2023: Closing Session

    > Register for Session 5



Time(s): 10:00-11:15 am PST/1:00-2:15 pm EST




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Oriana Ides, MA, APCC, PPS

Oriana Ides is a School Mental Health Training Specialist at CARS (the Center for Applied Research Solutions) and approaches healing the wounds of trauma and oppression as core elements of social justice. She has worked with young people across the life course from elementary school to college, and has served as teacher-leader, school counselor, classroom educator and program director. She is committed to generating equity within school structures and policies by focusing on evidence-based mental health techniques and institutional design.




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