On June 20-23, 2020, we are hosting the seventh annual University of YOUTH POWER! (UYP), a for-youth-by-youth social justice conference that is modeled after a college experience. UYP is the premier youth peer leadership conference that provides Youth Peer Advocates and change agents the opportunity to build skills and expand their professional network. Young people ages 18 to 30 will be able register with a major of Peer Advocacy or Systems Advocacy. UYP will take place in Albany, New York, at the College of Saint Rose. Resident students will have overnight accommodations in the apartment style dormitory as well as meals on campus.
University of YOUTH POWER! will include professors from a variety of fields of work included: Disability Rights, Mental Health, Recovery, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Labor, Independent Living and More!
Peer Advocacy: In this major, young people will develop competencies in areas such as: strategic sharing, engagement techniques, facilitation, advocacy, communication, self-help, wellness tools, addressing and preventing addiction, trauma-informed approaches, identifying community based services, independent living, anti-stigma, building career pathways, rights and responsibilities, cultural competency, strength-based approaches, social marketing, budgeting and youth development.
Systems Advocacy: In this major, young people will develop competencies in areas such as: Advocacy, leading boards and committees, public speaking, understanding government structures, terminology, campaign development, artivism, addressing disparities, recognizing privilege, disability history, systems coordination, professional writing, budgeting, networking, sustaining the movement, understanding politics and playing the game, rights and protection, keepin’ it fresh.
Recovery Advocacy: In partnership with Youth Voices Matter, UYP is hosting a recovery track! This track is for young people focused on learning the multiple pathways to recovery and the advocacy that comes with it.