Ohio Youth in Transition (OYIT) is an initiative being developed by Alvin Mares and colleagues to assist at-risk transition-aged youth in Ohio to prevent chronic homelessness later in life through the attainment of post-secondary education and vocational training.
Phase 1 of the initative, a diverse group of ten youth residing in Columbus, Ohio, were assisted for a year using a solution-focused brief therapy group intervention. A detailed description of this group intervention and preliminary lessons learned were published in 2012 in the journal Social Work with Groups.
Phase 2 of the initiative consisted of attempting to expand the group-based intervention developed during Phase 1, while adding individual mentoring provided by college students and community volunteers, and administering the program through local Community Action agencies in urban Columbus and rural Chillicothe, Ohio. Unfortunately, both the recruitment of youth and training and supervising of mentor volunteers proved infeasible.
Phase 3 of the iniaitive currently involves the development of a solution-focused, peer mentoring course for first generation and non-traditional students enrolled in the two-year Human Services Technology (HST) Associate's degree program offered at the Chillicothe regional campus of Ohio University. A cohort of 25 HST students who attended this mentoring class in spring semester of 2013 are the current focus of the Ohio Youth in Transition initiative.
For additional information on OYIT, contact Alvin Mares at (740) 804-6275 or firstname.lastname@example.org.