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Echo Springs Transition Study Center

young adult mentoring transition Idaho

Empowering young adults to live effective and productive lives
RR 1, Box 2730
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805

Tel: 208-267-1111
Fax: 208-267-1122


Mentoring and Insight for Emerging Adults

The purpose of Echo Springs Transition Study Center is to empower young adults to live effective and productive lives. This post-graduate program assists students in identifying their interests and assessing their strengths and weaknesses. It is a time to re-envision their dreams and learn that they can accomplish realistic goals. Echo Springs enables students to move from being passive onlookers to active participants in their lives.

Students who attend Echo Springs are young men and women, 18-24 years old, with the common desire to get on with life, experience success and become confident in themselves again. Students may have:

  • Dropped out of high school and now seek a diploma or GED
  • Completed high school but would benefit from an additional year of academic preparation and emotional maturity
  • Lost their way at college, overcome by peer pressure and academic expectations

Common issues include poor organizational and coping skills, lack of motivation, procrastination, poor decision making, ADHD and/or learning disabilities, issues with authority, general immaturity, recovery issues, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and social ineptness.

Phase One - Bonners Ferry, Idaho

  • Small rural setting with family-style living environment which facilitates community living skills
  • Learn to set limits and establish effective boundaries
  • Develop an awareness of time management in relation to immediate and long term goals
  • Life skills work emphasizing independent living, more effective communication, problem solving, fiscal accountability, employment and personal growth
  • Reintroduction or commencement of post secondary education; high school completion if needed
  • Learn to balance the daily requirements of greater independence
  • Therapeutic support available as needed
  • Caring staff for mentoring opportunities toward real growth

Phase Two - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

  • Urban/resort and college town
  • Practical application of principles learned in an independent living environment
  • Create a personal support system in addition to the ongoing mentoring of Echo Springs’ staff
  • Independent, single gender apartment living
  • Live-in resident advisor
  • Echo Springs’ coordinated communication with North Idaho College
  • Experiential life skills class that debriefs college life, academics, interviewing, employment and community networking

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