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A Tailored Community-Based Program

Ages 16 to 22

The program is open to youth aged 16 to 22 with Child Intervention Status through Children’s Services.

No Fees

The program is funded by the Ministry of Children’s Services. There are no costs associated with the program.

Meaningful Support

We help youth access resources independently and encourage self-advocacy.

McMan South - What to Expect

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 is delivered in three phases with different levels of support, depending on the participant’s needs. 


Phase I: 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.


Phase II: 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.


Phase III: Independent Community Living

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

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


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

Transition to Independence Program

Preparing youth to live independently.

How to Access

the Program

TIP is a closed-referral program; it is accessed through Children’s Services. 


Since TIP is voluntary, participants can exit at any time. Having said this, they 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. 


Want to learn more about the Transition to Independence program?

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