Live. Advance. LA is accessible to young adults who are preparing for the transition to increased independence. This may include the transition to college, the workforce, or a combination of both.
Our Residents typically:
- Are of average to above average intelligence
- Struggle with social or communication difficulties, learning differences, ADHD, high functioning autism, or executive functioning challenges
- Exhibit behavioral stability but may need assistance in motivation and follow through in activities of independent living
- Are between the ages of 18 and 29 years old
About Advance LA’s Transitional Living Program
The Live. Advance. LA program is an innovative residential program for young adults with unique challenges who are preparing for the transition to increased independence.
The Los Angeles-based program offers a supported living experience on a college campus located in the Santa Monica Mountains. Based on the specific needs of each resident, the program provides experiences and opportunities to learn requisite life skills needed to promote a successful transition to adulthood. In teaching these life skills, quality of life and happiness are emphasized.
As research shows, happiness is not only a product of success, but also more commonly precedes and predicts success across many domains of life.
Residents and their families will create a personalized plan addressing identified needs in the following areas:
Our academic track begins with an initial assessment, which gauges the level of support needed by each resident, as well as identiﬁes the various supports and services available at school and in the community which may be appropriate. Live. Advance. LA can offer support in any of the following ways: forming study groups, locating and enrolling in courses, planning and organizing, managing time, communicating with academic professionals, monitoring progress in classes, and connecting with campus academic resources.
In teaching Daily Living Skills, a number of applied strategies with a focus on gaining independence are utilized. Residents learn and practice all relevant skills needed to live independently, including scheduling, public transportation, meal planning and preparation, money management, the use of technology, medication management, and housekeeping.
Research shows that deﬁcits in executive functioning can have a detrimental impact on crucial life skills. Therefore, we foster an environment that inherently promotes the growth of executive functioning skills that will in turn promote the development of other life skills. Some of the components of executive functioning including organization, time management, self-monitoring, and emotional control, are interwoven throughout the program.
Our Health and Wellness life skills training includes activities such as daily exercise, assistance planning healthy meals and snacks, grocery shopping, and other related activities. Given the campus location in the Santa Monica Mountains, weekend social outings often include trips to one of the many area beaches or hiking trails.
Social connections at Live. Advance. LA are plentiful and include options both on campus and in the community. Residents participate in frequent group meetings, a variety of clubs initiated and maintained by the residents, and weekly social outings.
The core components of our vocational track focus on assisting residents in securing internships and jobs in the community. Upon joining the Live. Advance. LA program, residents complete a career interest assessment to help guide their search. From that point, residents receive assistance in tasks such as locating an internship or job, building a resume or cover letter, and developing soft skills for the workplace. Once residents begin an internship, our staff regularly communicate with supervisors to evaluate performance and progress. Staff work with residents to ensure that they strengthen the areas in which they are encountering challenges in order to enable them to continue on their path to workplace success and independence. Residents also are connected to community resources as part of their program and discharge planning.
What is Included:
- Spacious dorm room shared with another resident (private room also available)
- 1:6 Staff Supervision, including a staff member available at night for emergencies
- Public transportation training and limited shuttle service
- Group workshops
- A staff advisor who serves as a point-person and mentor for each resident
- Meals and snacks (including 3 meals a week in the college cafeteria)
- Access to a College/Career Counselor
- Weekend social activities
- Initial and quarterly team meetings and assessments
- Monthly Parent Support Meetings
- Weekly Progress Reports