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, 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 review the following documents:

YPA Scope of Work and Definition
Youth Peer Support Brochure PDF

Is The Youth Peer Advocate Training a Requirement for the YPA 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@FTNYS.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.

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.

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 12-15 eligible registrants. If you do not yet meet training requirements, your registration will be cancelled.

 

Summer 2021 OFFERINGS

1-hour Orientation:
Monday, September 13, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

4-Day Training:
Thursday-Friday, September 16-17 and Monday-Tuesday, September 20-21
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM each day

CLICK HERE to pre-register or copy https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YPASep2021 into your web-browser. Statewide Virtual YPA Trainings are limited to 12-15 eligible registrants on a first come, first served basis.

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Questions? Contact the Workforce Development Department at YPACredential@FTNYS.org