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Adult Transition Programs

Photo of adults cooking, grilling and filling formsThe transition for any teenager into adulthood has its challenges. Discovering who we are and how to engage with our communities in meaningful ways are just some of the paths we take in this transition period. Trillium has partnered with organizations to create programs tailored to young adults to help make those pathways a little easier. 

Transition programs offered within Trillium’s provider network provide a solid foundation to foster independence, learn essential life skills, and make social connections that are crucial for success in life. Members age 16 to 26 work with staff to develop communication skills, learn to manage their time and money, and begin career and post-high school vocational exploration. This can even include work-based learning experiences in real-world job settings to prepare for future competitive employment opportunities.

Programs are serving members at a limited capacity due to COVID-19, both virtually and in-person. Contact site directors below to apply. All programs are currently enrolling new members except for Transition to Independent Living in Ahoskie.

Easterseals UCP

Adult Wellness and Recreation (Ahoskie, Elizabeth City, and Wilmington)

For adults with I/DD of various ages. Participants focus on wellness, exercise, recreation, budget development, increasing social and independent living skills, volunteerism, fundraising, and public speaking. Visit the EMPOWER Adult Wellness and Recreation page for more information. 

Transition to Employment (Ahoskie, New Bern and *Jacksonville [Coming Soon]) 

The Transition to Employment program prepares individuals age 16 to 26 with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) for employment. Participants focus on areas such as instruction and self-advocacy, job exploration, workplace readiness training, internship, and job placement opportunities. Work-experience activities take place both at the EMPOWER site, in the local community, and through self-employment activities.

The program has locations in Ahoskie and New Bern. A new Transition to Employment location will also be coming soon to Jacksonville. Learn more on Easterseals UCP’s Transition to Employment page.

sensABLE snacks (Ahoskie and New Bern)

Employment opportunities are available with sensABLE snacks. Participants age 16 to 26 with I/DD have the chance to operate and vend on food trucks at locations and events in their communities. Participants distribute food from local food banks in food desert areas in their surrounding communities. The trucks focus on three core values of employment, food access, and community. sensABLE snacks were created in partnership between Easterseals UCP and Trillium Health Resources.

sensABLE snacks is currently offering temporary on-site and virtual paid employment opportunities. Participants are not currently vending due to COVID-19, but are involved in practice vends and face-to-face job training. The program operates in Ahoskie and New Bern. Learn more on the sensABLE snacks page. 

Transition to Independent Living (Ahoskie)

Transition to Independent Living is a new program coming summer 2021. It provides independent living and support through coaching and monitoring technology to participants in the Transition to Employment program. It will be located in Ahoskie. Learn more at the Transitions to Independent Living page.

Site Director Contacts

Autism Society of North Carolina

Social Recreation Program (Newport, Wilmington, and Winterville)

Adult programs are offered daily for several hours. They are designed to meet the core needs of individuals with autism ages 18 and up. Structured activities are planned that can include independent living skills, health and fitness, job-readiness and professional development, social skills, goal- setting, coping and self-regulation, transportation, and community integration skills, financial literacy, and more. Volunteer activities are also available. Learn more on the Autism Society of North Carolina website. 

Transition to Employment (Greenville)

Trillium partnered with the Autism Society of North Carolina to offer a Transition to Employment program. The program is for individuals with autism age 16 to 28. It is open to individuals of any ability. Participants cover independent living skills, social engagement, recreation, goal- setting, coping and self-regulation, transportation, and community integration skills, financial literacy, job-readiness, and internship to job placement opportunities. Work-experience activities take place both at the Transition to Employment site, in the local community, and through self-employment activities.

Learn more on the Employment Opportunities page.  

Site Director Contacts

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