June 24 – 27 2022

University of Youth Power (UYP)

On June 24-27 2022, we are hosting the eighth annual University of Youth Power IN PERSON, 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 can register for this for-youth-by-youth social justice conference with a major of Peer Advocacy, Systems Advocacy, Recovery Advocacy with a specialty track for 14-24 year old’s called Disability Leadership.

Scholarship Opportunity

We encourage the education and empowerment of young people with social, emotional, behavioral health, and cross-system challenges by offering scholarships to the University of Youth Power (UYP). Youth, young adults, and Youth Peer Advocates, ages 14-30, that exemplify leadership qualities are encouraged to apply for a scholarship. If selected for a scholarship, you can attend UYP for FREE.

Keynote Speaker

Ken Nwadike, Jr.

Ken Nwadike, Jr., peace activist, motivational speaker, and video journalist known as the Free Hugs Guy online will present the Power of Positive Human Interaction and Ways to Bridge the Racial Divide. This keynote aims to create unity, civility, and build a more diverse and inclusive culture through positive human interaction.

Exhibitor Information

Youth Power is seeking NYS organizations to table for the UYP Resource Fair. This year more than ever it is critical that youth receive information about your services to explore successful collaborations between New York State and Youth/Family Peer Support programs and health plans.

 The resource fair will take place June 25, 6:30 pm -8:30 pm at the College of St. Rose, Lally School of Education located at 1009 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12203 . There is NO COST to table. Exhibitors are welcomed to join UYP Graduation

Professors Coming Soon!


Want to become a sponsor? Your sponsorship will underwrite the registration fee for youth to attend the UYP. Your logo will be on all written and virtual materials and here on our webpage!

FTNYS continues to monitor and navigate the ongoing developments of the COVID-19. The health and safety of our FTNYS community are of the utmost importance and we are excited about safely gathering in Albany, NY on June 24-27. 

We are abiding by and enforcing all guidelines set forth by the City of Albany and New York State. Per these guidelines, beginning on February 10, 2022 requirements for vaccine verification, proof of negative test and masks have been lifted. Therefore, FTNYS will not require vaccine verification, proof of negative tests or masks.

MASKS: Although the mask requirement in NYS has been lifted, attendees are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

​For questions or concerns, please contact events@ftnys.org. 


For questions about professors, scholarships, and/or general UYP questions, please contact Amanda Davidson at ADavidson@ftnys.org or call/text 518-949-0368.