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Youth in Transition Toolkit:


My best life


Does the youth understand their traits, feelings, motivations and actions, as well as recognize how they're perceived by others?

Self-awareness is about understanding how individuality and life circumstances impact daily living. Individuality covers factors such as disability, culture, language, race, sexual preference, gender identity and religion. Circumstances may include issues such as foster care, homelessness, immigrant or refugee status, young parenting, poverty, or trauma.

  • Awareness: Understand how self-awareness is important for living your best life.
  • Exploration: Identify strengths, preferences, interests and needs related to self-awareness.
  • Preparation: Learn more about oneself through reflection and input from others.
  • Implementation: The youth is fully self-aware in living their best life.

Instruction in self-advocacy

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LEARN: Develop your knowledge

Learn how to support youth in self-awareness.

Self-awareness is critical for youth as they develop and prepare for their independence and important decisions ahead. Youth who are more self-aware are better able to:

  • Understand who they are and what they stand for, including preferences, interests, needs and strengths
  • See what impacts them and how they impact others
  • Communicate their needs and ask for support
  • Make connections between life experiences and career goals
  • Set high expectations for themselves and accomplish their goals

Get insight on Gen Z from American Student Assistance: Understanding Gen Z.

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DO: Work with youth

Find resources to help youth explore self-awareness.

My profile page (PDF) from Charting the LifeCourse helps youth describe themselves and figure out who they are. The tool includes three sections:

  • What people like about me
  • What's important to me
  • How to best support me

If youth struggle to identify what people like about them or how to best support them, encourage them to include parents, teachers, siblings or other close contacts in the conversation.

When to use: Introduce this activity early in the transition planning process. The answers can inform the person's thinking and serve as a foundation for future success.

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