What is the Youth Peer Advocate Training?
The Youth Peer Advocate Training introduces new YPAs to their role and to the skills they will need to effectively engage and empower young people. This training includes online modules, a 2-day in-person training, and a series of coaching phone calls.
Who Should Participate in the Youth Peer Advocate Training?
Those who meet the qualifications to be a Youth Peer Advocate are eligible to participate in the training. A Youth Peer Advocate is someone 18-30 years old who self-identifies as a person who has first-hand experience with social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges. Youth Peer Advocates must be able to use their lived experience with a disability, mental health challenge , substance use disorder, and experience in New York State systems such as juvenile justice, special education, and/or foster care to assist in supporting young people in their resiliency/recovery and wellness.
For more information on the role and qualifications please check out the YPA Scope of Work and Definition.
Is the Youth Peer Advocate Training a Requirement for the Youth Peer Advocate Credential?
Successful completion of the Youth Peer Advocate Training is required for anyone seeking a Youth Peer Advocate Credential in New York State. Check out the 6 Steps to a YPA Professional Credential for a roadmap to take you through the process.
- Level 1 YPA Training fulfills the training requirement for the Provisional YPA Credential. After completing Level 1 training advocates must complete the YPA Provisional Credential application. CLICK HERE to connect to the YPA Credential page. Scroll down to find the Provisional credential application and information to help with the application process.
- Level 2 YPA Training fulfills the training requirement for the Professional YPA Credential. After completing the Level 2 training advocates must complete the YPA Professional Credential application. CLICK HERE to connect to the YPA Credential page. Scroll down to find the Professional credential application and information to help with the application process.
For more information on the Youth Peer Advocate Credential email us at YPACredential@YOUTHPOWERNY.org.
How Do I Access the Youth Peer Advocate Training?
When you click the link below you will be redirected to the Self-Learning Center hosted by our partners from the Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC). This is where you will access the online training modules. CLICK HERE for a ‘Getting Started’ guide and a unique Access Code that must be entered to enroll in the training.
After you register with the Self-Learning Center, you will be asked to choose a training ‘pathway’.
Please read the descriptions below to help you choose the training pathway that applies to you. If you have questions, please contact us.
Youth Peer Advocate Level 1 Online Modules (Step 1)
Choose this pathway if…
- You are a individual between 18-30 years of age who self-identifies with first-hand experience with a social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges as a young person or have received services in any one of the child-serving systems (juvenile justice, foster care, special education, or addiction recovery). YPAs use their “lived experience” to promote resiliency, recovery, wellness, and self-efficacy in young people and promote the practice of youth-guided and family-driven approaches.
This pathway is right for you if you already have a job as an YPA or if you might be interested in becoming an YPA in the future.
Youth Peer Advocate Level 2 Online Modules (Step 3)
Choose this pathway if….
- You have completed the YPA Level 1 Online Modules including the Level 1 Post-Training Survey.
This pathway is right for you if you are ready to move on to the Level 2 YPA training.
Youth Peer Advocate Level 2 (VIRTUAL) In-Person Training Registration (Step 4)
Once you have completed Level 2 online training, you will need to complete the Level 2 (virtual) training. In order to participate in the in-person training you must:
- Hold a YPA Provisional Credential. You can find the application here.
- Complete the Youth Peer Advocate Level 2 online training.
- Be providing services that fall within the role of a YPA. (employment or volunteer)
Statewide VIRTUAL YPA Training Schedule NEW!
1-hour mandatory Orientation:
Statewide Virtual YPA Trainings are limited to 15 approved registrants each. More trainings will be announced in the coming months.
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For more information regarding the YPA Training, contact YPATraining@FTNYS.org
For more information on the Youth Peer Advocate Credential, contact us at YPACredential@FTNYS.org