Youth in Louisiana have many options for training or education after high school. If traditional college does not sound like a good fit, there are Technical Colleges throughout Louisiana that have open enrollment. That means you don't have to meet special requirements to get in.
For youth outside of Louisiana check your state listing for vocational-technical colleges and vocational rehab services.
Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges offer training in a variety of programs. Technical colleges offer courses in welding and plumbing, highway engineering and even helicopter pilot certifications. There are many, many programs to explore, things you probably haven't even thought of.
If you have a disability, you may be eligible for Louisiana Rehab Services (LRS). LRS helps persons that have a disability obtain or maintain a job.
AFter high school
AGE 18 LINKS & WORKSHEETS
Interest inventory survey. Easy to use directions. Print the worksheets and get started exploring your interest- created by the South Dakota Department of Labor
What's the Big Deal About Career Planning?
Fun quiz to get you thinking about career planning from South Dakota Department of Labor
A comprehensive transition workbook from FloridaHats YHT program. The book covers many of the changes that happen when you turn 18. Topics include: legal rights, insurance, talking to doctors, filling prescriptions and more....
Step by step workbook for planning the transition from high school to adulthood developed by the Rural Institute at the University of Montana.
LRS helps persons with a disability who want to get job. LRS provides job training, job counseling, assistive technology and much more. LRS is a program of the LA Workforce Commission.
Offers a variety of education opportunities including: helicopter pilot certification, welding, cyber security and more. Hundreds of programs are available with diploma options, associate degree tracks, and technical certifications.
My Must Have Papers
A great tip sheet on how to locate, file and manage your personal documents like your social security card, ID or passport and health records. Adapted from the Northeast Massachusetts Community of Practice (Worcester, MA) tool.
A great tool to help you get ready for a job hunt.
The guide includes a sample job application. Helps you gather the information needed for a job application and get practice filling out the forms. The Young Adults Guide was developed by the Northeast Massachusetts Community of Practice.
Envision Your Future
After High School
Have you ever sat down and really thought about what you want your future to look like? Envisioning your future simply means thinking about your future dreams.
Envisioning your future is taking that time to toss around your ideas or goals for your adult life. Not just education or job goals, but things like hobbies, travel, and relationships.
YHT is a time to explore how to get where you want to go and how to get there.
YHT Mini Activity: Start with 1 - expand your horizons (try something new)
Pick 1 new thing to try each month
Only one rule - it has to be a some thing new
Learn to cook your favorite food, go to a play, read a book, play a new game, join a club, try a new food, volunteer... It's your choice, try one new thing a month - there are great you-tube videos for learning most anything.
Health insurance may not be something you are thinking about right now, but it is something to keep in mind. Health insurance helps to pay for your health care services like doctor visits, medications or medical supplies.
Whether or not you have a special health need, going to the doctor for wellness check-ups and keeping immunizations like your flu shots up to date are very important to a healthy adulthood. Wellness checks are usually paid for under health insurance plans.
It is important to keep health insurance on your radar because some plans change after age 18. For info on managing your Health Insurance and new health insurance options in Louisiana click here.
Envision Your Future
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Do you want a driver’s license in the future? Or are buses and streetcars more your idea of safe travel? Maybe you already drive and this isn't a big deal for you – you can move on to other topics!
For those who haven't figured out your future transportation needs, this should be part of your YHT Plan. Transportation can be important to your independence.
'My Must Have Papers' worksheet includes info on what is required to get a license in Louisiana. For youth in other states, check your Office of Motor Vehicles website for license requirements.
If you want to drive and will need special equipment to make that possible, it is important to plan early. Assistive devices can be expensive and it may take a while to find a way to pay for it. Louisiana residents can contact Louisiana Rehab Services (LRS), to see if they qualify for assistance.
Planning for your future transportation needs can help smooth the move to adulthood. YHT is the time to explore how to get where you want to go...
Transition Health Care Information For Youth with Special Health Care Needs. 2014, Louisiana Children's Special Health Services, Department of Health and Hospitals.
Health Insurance Fact Sheet. Louisiana Children's Special Health Services, Department of Health and Hospitals. www.dhh.la.gov/cshs
Envisioning My Future: A Young Person's Guide to Health Care Transition. 2005, Children's Medical Services-Florida Department of Health.
Supporting the Healthcare Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home. 2011, American Academy of Pediatrics.
Six Core Elements of Transition. Gottransition.org