Transition to Independence Month 2014 launched - with an app!

by PeakCare Qld on 5th November 2014

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Over a hundred dignitaries, young people, managers and practitioners of government and non government child protection agencies attended the Launch of Transition to Independence Month 2014 at the Upper Coomera Centre yesterday.  Transition to Independence Month is the brainchild of G Force, a workgroup of young people, non government and government partners chaired by the CREATE Foundation focused on positive transitions for young people leaving the care system as they journey towards independence. The theme for 2014 is: My Future, My Dreams, My team!

The CREATE young people stole the show, with one young consultant brilliantly taking on the role of Master of Ceremonies and many others eloquently sharing their stories of transition.  Transition from Care practitioners also shared their programs and processes, whilst young people, carers and practitioners were featured in video presentations highlighting Transitioning to Independence.

Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, the Honourable Tracy Davis MP thanked the young people of CREATE for sharing their heart warming stories and praised their vast achievements.  She then launched an app for young people, a collaboration between Telstra, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and CREATE.  Several young people then walked the attendees through the use of the app entitled SORTLI.  By the end of their tutorial most in the room had downloaded the app and had learned the basics of its practical application.  Staff of Telstra were on hand to assist.  This app provides a wealth of information to young people about life skills, relationships, education and other information relevant to transitioning to independence.  It is also appropriate to a wide range of young people including those without a care experience.

To find out more about SORTLI or to download it click here

Following the formalities of this action packed launch T2I cupcakes were enjoyed by participants as well as a barbeque hosted by Telstra. 

This launch event sets the tone for all around Queensland to ensure that for the month of November they are focused on all that is T2I.  Congratulations to the young people and staff of CREATE, South East region's speakers who showcased their work and G Force for this excellent launch.   The video presentations developed alongside many other resources for T2I 2014 will continue to send the key messages about the importance of positive transition processes for young people on their journey to independence.

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