Good 2 Go Transition Program
Young people leave SickKids by the time they are 18. Many have been coming as long as they can remember. Some have spent more time at the Hospital than they have in school, or even in their own homes. These teens have many similar experiences, but also come from a multitude of cultures and family constellations. The transition from paediatric care, with it's own distinct culture and ways of doing things, into the adult health-care system can be a challenge for teens and their families.
Our goal is to prepare all youth with chronic health conditions to leave SickKids by the age of 18 years with the necessary skills and knowledge to advocate for themselves (or through others), maintain health-promoting behaviors and utilize adult health-care services appropriately and successfully.
We believe that children and youth with chronic health conditions can acquire skills while in the paediatric system that will assist them in successfully managing their health-care now and in the future. Paediatric health-care professionals are in a position to facilitate developmental transition in a number of different ways. Our work is based on a Shared Management model.
We would like to acknowledge the inspiring work done by the OnTrac program at British Columbia Children's Hospital, Helen Healy at Bloorview Kids Rehab, Gail Kieckhefer of Seattle and Patience White of Washington, all of who have shared their time, ideas and resources with us.
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There are many groups working with teens to help them transition to the adult health-care system, or to help youth with chronic conditions make the move to being independent adults in the workforce. We list links to various organizations here.
Youth Employment Supports
Explore our website to get more information about our vocational readiness initiatives including:
- The Career Clinic
- Youth employment centres in the GTA