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 self-paced online modules, a multi-day, “live” training on Zoom, and a series of coaching phone calls. Successful completion of the YPA Training is required for anyone seeking a Youth Peer Advocate Credential in New York State.


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.


How Do I Access the Youth Peer Advocate Training?

When you click the button 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.

More information about each level of YPA Training is available in the menus below.

CLICK HERE for a ‘Getting Started’ guide.
Access Code to enroll in the training: YPATraining

YPA Level 1 Online Training

Choose this pathway if…

  • You are 18-30 years old and self-identify as a person who has first-hand experience with social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges.
  • You already have a job as a YPA or if you might be interested in becoming a YPA in the future.
  • CTAC Self-Learning Center: https://lms.ctacny.org/

Below is a preview of topics covered in the YPA Level 1 Online Training. Each module takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

Introduction to the Youth Peer Advocate Service
Developing Self Efficacy Skills
Cultural Competence
Professional Expectations
Small Group Facilitation
Navigating the System
Documenting Your Work

YPA Level 2 Online Training

Choose this pathway if….

  • You have completed the YPA Level 1 Online Training.
  • Access will be automatically granted upon completion of the Level 1 post-training self-efficacy questionnaire and post-training knowledge survey.

Below is a preview of topics covered in the YPA Level 2 Online Training. Each module takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

Working Across Systems
Part 1 Service Systems
Part 2 Service Systems
Education into Career
Understanding Marginalized Populations

YPA Level 2 In-Person/Virtual Training

Continue with this pathway if…

  • You hold a current YPA Provisional Credential; and,
  • You have completed ALL of the Level 1 and Level 2 online modules; and,
  • You are currently providing services that fill within the role of a YPA (employed or formal volunteer); and,
  • You are available to participate in the full training along with weekly coaching calls (schedule TBD).

Availability is limited to the first 16 eligible registrants. If you do not yet meet training requirements, your registration will be cancelled.

2024 TRAINING SCHEDULE 

4-Day Training:
1-hour Mandatory Orientation Monday, June 10 @ 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Thursday-Friday, June 13-14 and
Monday-Tuesday, June 17-18, 2024
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM each day
Trainees are also required to participate in weekly coaching calls (dates TBA) including an individual presentation.

Email YPACredential@FTNYS.org today to register!

Contact Us

For all general inquires about the YPA Training & Credential pathway, please email YPACredential@FTNYS.org or call (518) 432-0333 ext.18 and leave a voicemail.

Please allow up to 3 business days for a reply.

Meghann Simpson She/Her
Youth Training Coordinator
Training & Workforce Development Department
(716) 339-7777
MSimpson@FTNYS.org