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ERIC Number: EJ941202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Spreading Wings with a Safety Net: The Montcalm Transitional Living Program
Longhurst, Jim; Jones, Kelley; Hiatt, Patti; Hart, L. Kathryn
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v20 n2 p22-28 2011
The transition to independence can be a perilous journey for youth who have faced behavioral challenges. Many have not yet developed the social, emotional, and problem-solving skills to meet the challenges of adult life. But this can be a period of growth and accomplishment when youth can form stable connections and develop life skills. This is the basis of the Structured Transition Living program (STL) at Montcalm Schools near Albion, Michigan. Montcalm Schools prepare youth at risk for the transition from a residential setting to responsible independence. STL provides rich living and learning opportunities for youth preparing to meet the demands of adulthood. The STL program enlists youth and their families as full partners in assessment and planning to develop transformational change and growth. STL at Montcalm Schools involves intensive living and learning experiences designed to build strengths and resilience. These include peer group support, independent living skills, educational opportunities, and experiential learning. Each is summarized in relation to building resilience. (Contains 2 figures.)
Reclaiming Children and Youth. PO Box 57 104 N Main Street, Lennox, SD 57039. Tel: 605-647-2532; Fax: 605-647-5212; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan