On June 24-25, 2021, we are hosting the seventh annual University of Youth Power via Zoom, 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 16 to 30 will be able register with a major of Peer Advocacy or Systems Advocacy. UYP 2021 will take place via Zoom.
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!
Call for Professors
- For questions about professors, scholarships, and/or general UYP questions, please contact Amanda Davidson at ADavidson@ftnys.org or call/text 518-949-0368.
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: This track is for young people focused on learning the multiple pathways to recovery and the advocacy that comes with it.