FAF is a tool that was developed to help guide the individual, the family and team in looking at the young adult’s priorities in life and assist with the development of appropriate plans for transition.
Mentees learn about the 7 Framing A Future categories – Community Membership; Control of Personal Health and Welfare; Pursuit of Lifelong Learning; Developing Talents and Interests; Creating Healthy Relationships; Self-Reliance; and Developing a Personal Sense of Spirituality.
Mentees begin to work one-on-one with their mentors to complete the Framing A Future survey.
Mentees respond to statements within each category to determine what is important to them.
Mentees respond to statements within each category to determine how satisfied they are with what they deemed to be important.
Mentees review all the information gathered from the Framing A Future activity and work with the Self-Determination Program team to determine if there is something within that information they would like to work towards, change or improve – For example:
Mentees begin to learn about goals and the concept of working towards something they want to change or achieve.
Self-Determination Program staff introduce the modified FAF tool and explain to students that they will answer questions and respond to statements to help identify things that are personally important to them. For example:
“Today, you will be working with your mentor to answer different questions about things that are important to you in different areas of your life.”
Mentees move to a quiet area to work with their mentor one-on-one. A description of a category is provided as the mentees work through their survey. Mentors provide a personal example to help the mentee make a personal connection to understand that particular category. Mentees then answer questions and respond to statements presented to them by their mentor and/or Self-Determination Program staff.