Bridges to Independent Living is a transition program available for young women ages 18-23. Bridges offers a focused and individualized program for six young adult women who could benefit from a nurturing environment with a balance of high expectations and high support. This supportive home offers the guidance needed while students explore college, vocational training, employment, community volunteer opportunities and development of leisure skills. Students receive the individual guidance of a full time Independent Living Coach and 24 hour on-site residential staff. Our students participate in 1 of 3 Tracks on their road to independence.
Young women who would benefit from a small & supportive 6 bed program
Diagnosis of High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or Depressive Disorder
Young women interested in 1:1 coaching with potential for college or work experience
A Life Skills Based Approach
Our students choose from three Life Skills Tracks based on their needs. In each track, they have access to a full-time Independent Living Coach, life skills groups, outpatient therapy, 24-hour staffing from our Life Skills Mentors and opportunities to work, attend school, volunteer and intern.
Residents in all Tracks work on Life Skills Modules focusing on seventeen areas of independent living.
For many students this is their first time in the workforce, to get ready for that leap, our students may start with 3-4 week internships at local businesses in several different occupations. During this time, they add to their resume, practice new job skills, and acquire a job through their internship.
We have two local universities as well as a range of technical schools. Students who attend college may choose to begin with a few classes at a time, working up to full time and may also hold a part-time job if they choose.
High School Track
Students who are close to finishing high school and are 18 years or older may finish high school as an online student or continue finishing at Maple Lake Academy for Girls if they are a current student there. These are also encouraged to hold a part-time job or volunteer.
Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals.
Grit is having stamina.
Grit is sticking with your future, day in and day out. Not just for the month but for years.
And working really hard to make that future a reality.
Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint.