As part of their commitment to help their community, youth in our Cornerstone program volunteered at the Capuchin Services Center, which provides emergency food and…
Cornerstone is an effective, nationally-recognized initiative that helps young people integrate into their communities and lead productive lives as they transition to adulthood. Participants learn the life skills they need to be successful and independent.
Cornerstone is designed for youth age 15 to 21 who live in Wayne County, are diagnosed with a Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED), need intensive therapeutic services, and are interested in gaining life skills and being independent.
What makes Cornerstone unique and especially effective is the enhanced attention to integrated, consistent and continuous care. Cornerstone Facilitators are actively involved in helping each young person in the program transition to adulthood and adult services, even after the young person has “aged out” of a system of care. The Facilitators, who are also the youth persons’ primary clinicians, help coordinate a broad range of services to make the transition successful.
The primary focus of Cornerstone is to help participants develop the skills of self-determination. These skills involve setting goals to improve one’s quality of life, formulating strategies to achieve these goals, evaluating progress toward personal goals, sound decision-making, maintaining hope and a positive approach, managing stigma, and more.
Cornerstone topics include:
Participants develop a strong sense of camaraderie as they learn together, support one another, and suggest and plan fun activities and outings.
Transportation is available for participants.
Research indicates that participants have a higher likelihood of achieving future employment that provides a livable wage and career due to the higher percentage of young adults who continued into postsecondary education.