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2021 200 bThe TIDES Vista program has been specifically designed to address areas of transitional planning for young adults including independent living, community participation, interpersonal interactions and self-advocacy. The program is aptly named as participants are looking out at the view of their future and setting their sights on new horizons.

We know that many young adults don’t finish a traditional school experience at 18, and they are often still developing their social and emotional learning skills as well as their daily living skills. They need a fun, supportive place to spend time in the summer where they can continue to focus on navigating social situations while building their independence and identifying interests for their future. During Vista, participants do this all while having fun and being active outdoors.

Participants live in dorm-style accommodations with multiple roommates. Advisors are housed in the building, but not in the room, and are present to provide guidance, instruction and supervision, to ensure safety, and to encourage their success in the program. In addition to leading the daily life skills curriculum, Advisors also help participants build their daily schedule and encourage them to choose activities that offer a good balance of active, social, recreational, and new challenges (such as trying a day hike or joining a dance crew).

All Vista participants have the opportunity to plan, shop for and cook community meals several times weekly. Participants may bring electronics such as music and e-readers which may be accessed at specific times of day as appropriate. Young adults do not have to be prior attendees of Camp Starfish to enroll in Vista. However, they must be able and willing to: participate safely and appropriately within a 1:3 ratio, to join in with group activities, communicate verbally, and tend to their own self-care for eating, toileting, showering, and dressing.

About the TIDES program

TIDES stands for Transitional Independence and Directed Experiential Summer. TIDES began in 2017 with its focus mainly on job skills and career readiness for 6 trainees, ages 17-19. We are excited to debut the Vista program under the TIDES umbrella in 2022, providing a summer respite opportunity for 24 young adults that blends the best elements of camp-style fun with life-skill building and the opportunity to build independent futures. The traditional TIDES program will return in future summers alongside the Vista program, providing two different track options for our young adults.  


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