The HSC Foundation renovated and launched a green building in the heart of Washington, DC: The National Youth Transitions Center (NYTC). The NYTC has created a forum to enhance the ability of youth and young veterans with disabilities to enter and re-enter the workforce, and participate in and contribute to community life. Transitions for young people with disabilities are particularly complex, encompassing every aspect of life: health, education, social development, vocational training, and work readiness. It affects them and their families and involves a vast array of health and service providers, educators, government agencies and employers. The National Youth Transitions Center exists as an innovative and state-of-the-art “learning community” and provides opportunities for nonprofits serving the disability community to breakdown silos, build capacity, create new partnerships, and extended advocacy, research and service provision. As a key partner in the development of this center, National Health Foundation has researched, developed and fine-tuned a complete administrative and programmatic infrastructure for the National Youth Transitions Center, which serves as a framework to achieve the “collaborative building” concept. National Health Foundation continues to be involved in the capacity building of the collaborative by facilitating joint fund development opportunities for the partners involved at the Transitions Center.
There are numerous partners who will contribute to the development and implementation of the Center including: Autistic Self Advocacy Network, TransCen, Institute for Educational Leadership, Goodwill of Greater Washington, and George Washington University Graduate School of Education & Human Development.