[COVID-19] Seven Empowering Actions We Can Give Teens

Hello Everybody

With the Stay at Home Order Youth need:

-a structure to do school work, exercise, leisure, and task(s) to contribute to the household.

-validation for any or all low emotions they feel: anxiety, anger, powerlessness.

-a game plan to recognize and name the full range of emotions they experience.

-an approach to feel and recognize the energy levels tied to activities/tasks.

-a plan to avoid letting low emotions take over and to know the steps to gain control.

-tools that will allow them to gain perspective over their emotions and have the emotions they want. [reframing]

-a process to see options and make daily decisions on their own behalf.

Many youth don’t know this question to ask: “How do I live in a world that is so different from what I knew before?” Youth need reassurance from us giving them hope for a good life and to believe in their own power to adapt to a world they are living in now.

The sooner youth have a grasp of their own power, the sooner they can shape their daily life and their goals. Here is my resource.


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I love creating tools to invite youth to experience:

*self-awareness to help direct their decisions, emotionally cope, and socially adapt.

*self-value to know they matter greatly.

*self-advocacy to express their voice and choice about what they need, what they enjoy, and who they want to become.

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After decades of teaching youth with disabilities in all grades and researching what youth with autism spectrum need to make better work adaptations, Dr. Jackie Marquette discovered what youth need to acquire employment. It is as simple as a two sided coin. One side is for employers to acknowledge a candidate’s skills, strengths, and support needs, and the other side of the coin involves preparing youth to see their skills and interests from a wide range of strengths, personalized supports, and gainful social emotional awareness. Jackie has an adult son with autism and she has walked the walk, with ups and downs, failures and successes. Trent had employment at Meijer, a retail store for 13 years with innovative supports and for 19 years Trent has created abstract paintings for his art business. Many youth fall short in getting employed or getting in the right workplace environment. Rather, it is the personally matched opportunities and experiences with personal/social awareness preparation that enables adaptation and self-advocacy. With high youth unemployment, we all suffer. Very few educators, counselors, and employment professionals understand why or how to prevent the high youth unemployment rate.


Dr. Jackie Marquette writes curriculum for student career preparation as it relates to skill development and social emotional learning. She is the founder of the Transition Career Academy teaching online courses and face-to-face workshops. Her trainings are approved for 6 CE’s by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). She has been endorsed by highly recognized colleagues in the disability field for skills in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Training, and Research. Her extensive experiences span teaching students with learning/developmental disabilities and ‘at risk’, spearheading autism community workplace projects, implementing school district transition programs, consulting and using her own tools, one-to-one with youth seeking employment through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. She researched and interviewed over 800 youth with autism and their advocates, professionals, family members. As the owner of Youth Rescue© DBA Marquette Index, LLC, her program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders, employers, and youth with their advocates. The purpose is to enhance everyone’s performance to make a meaningful difference in schools, companies, and the lives of all youth including those on who struggle socially and emotionally.