Project O-YEAH

Young people mature at different rates and in different ways. These differences can be further influenced by a young person’s life and family history, experiences of trauma and loss, and particularly by having serious emotional or behavioral needs. Not everyone is ready to assume an adult role in their community and family at the age of 18. Many young adults will require support beyond the age of 18, so that they can successfully navigate the transition to adulthood.
What is Project O-YEAH
O-YEAH is a federally funded initiative (from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) designed to provide services and support to young people, ages 16 to 25, to successfully transition to adulthood. PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

• To make a measurable and positive difference in the lives of older youth and young adults as they transition to adulthood
• To provide resources and support that will assist young adults (16 through 24 years of age) in developing positive plans for their futures
• To assist young adults in developing skills for independence, leadership, confidence, and empower them to take ownership of their lives

The Wisconsin Bureau of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery (BPTR), in partnership with Wraparound Milwaukee, are creating age and developmentally appropriate and youth-guided local systems of care that will improve outcomes for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions.

With respect, dignity and the focus on strengths, these young adults will develop, coordinate and mobilize resources to support their quest for successful independence into adulthood. The focus of support includes the following dimensions of adult life:

• Living (housing)
• Working (employment)
• Learning (school/training)
• Belonging (friendships)
• Healing (health)
• Being Safe


Enrollment Criteria

•Older youth ages 16 to 18
•Emerging adults ages 19 to 25
•Residents of Milwaukee County
•With serious emotional and behavioral challenges
•Those needing help developing a futures plan for independence and support for actualizing their personal dreams


To honor the full potential and well-being of these young adults, it is critical that they have the major hand in shaping and guiding their own future plans. Therefore, it is essential that involvement in this program be entirely voluntary. A letter of intention must be signed by the young adult. A strength-based assessment will be conducted to determine the level of support that may be needed.


  Features  of the Program 

PLANNING   Each person enrolled in Project O-YEAH is partnered with a Transitional Coordinator who works with them to create a “Futures Plan” utilizing Individualized Future Planning (IFP). Following is the description of the four phases of IFP and the role of the Transitional Coordinator in each phase. 

Phase 1-Relationship Formation – Forming individualized and strength-based relationships with young adults that help build engagement and trust.  Engaging young adults through meaningful ways that help build partnerships. 

Phase 2-Planning – Partnering with young adults to build individualized future plans.  The Future Plan is built around the young adult’s vision for their future and what they identify as their needs in order to see themselves at being successful in managing their lives. 

Phase 3-Action – This is the “doing phase” of the process.  Once the young adult has access to needed resources and supports, they will work at their own pace to accomplish the benchmarks and goals that they have identified.  Supports have been mobilized to assist the young adult in accomplishing tasks as well as learning new skills which will assist them in being successful in their transition to adulthood. 

Phase 4-Transfer of Learning and Leading – This phase consists of individualized one-on-one coaching that will teach and assist the young adult in leading their own planning process and moving to a place of no longer requiring the assistance of a Transitional Coordinator.  Once this phase is completed the young adult is capable of navigating their own future plan and mobilizing their support system as needed.  They may also be in a place where they will choose to function as a peer specialist to assist other young adults in future planning if interested.



 Wraparound Milwaukee

 Project O’YEAH 


Brian McBride, Program Coordinator

(414) 257-7158
Fax: (414) 257-5818