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Transition to Independence

Preparing youth to live independently.

Transition to Independence is for youth who are transitioning from a residential or foster placement, or living independently, and are looking to gain skills, experience, and strengthen their natural support system to become more independent. 


We aim to build a network that supports the youth and their well-being through collaboration with family and other connections.

A Tailored Community-Based Program 

Ages 16 to 22

The program is open to youth aged 16 to 22 with Child Intervention Status.

No Fees

The program is funded by the Ministry of Children's Services. There are no costs for participants.

Meaningful Support

We strive to give youth personalized support to access resources independently and encourage self-advocacy.

Referral Required

Referrals are accepted from the Ministry of Children’s Services.

What to Expect

Participants can expect youth-centered, community-based services such as assistance obtaining housing, strength building and skills development, meaningful daily activities, and strengthening family, cultural and social connections.


The program offers different levels of support, depending on the youth’s needs. 


Roommate Companion

A semi-independent option which sets youth up in a shared accommodation setting with an approved adult roommate. The Roommate Companion provides support, skills training, and mentoring.


Interim Stabilization Housing

Youth live at The Loft, a home in Lethbridge. A House Parent is present each evening to provide life-skills instruction and mentorship.


Independent Community Living

Youth are set up in their own living situation in market housing. Their Youth Mentor provides follow up supports tailored to the youth’s specific needs. 

How to Access the Program

Transition to Independence is a closed-referral program. The program is accessed through Children’s Services. 


Exit from the program is based on the achievement of goals. Participation is voluntary, however youth are encouraged to continue services and graduate from the program.  


McMan's core values of commitment, trust, respect, empathy, and genuineness are ingrained in each portion of service delivery. 


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