On June 20-23, 2020, YOUTH POWER! will host the seventh annual University of YOUTH POWER! (UYP), 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 will be able register with a major of Peer Advocacy or Systems Advocacy.  UYP will take place in Albany, New York, at the College of Saint Rose.  Resident students will have overnight accommodations in the apartment style dormitory as well as meals on campus.

University of YOUTH POWER! will include professors from a variety of fields of work included: Disability Rights, Mental Health, Addiction, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice, Labor, Independent Living and More!

See below for more information on how to register and scholarship opportunities.


    Registration is CLOSED. Please contact your local Regional Youth Partner to get involved with YOUTH POWER! initiatives today!

    Scholarship Opportunities:

    Recovery Track Scholarship- OASAS is sponsoring 25 scholarships to: young people in recovery and recovery allies. By receiving this scholarship, you will have the opportunity to participate in the new Recovery Track hosted in partnership with Youth Voices Matter.  This scholarship is CLOSED.

    All applicants must be:
    – Between the ages of 18 and 30
    – Either a young person in recovery, young person who is an ally of recovery, or a young person who is a friend or family member of someone in recovery.
    – Willing to join Youth Voices Matter’s membership or become an ally and connect quarterly, with your Regional Youth Recovery Program Specialist. Learn more about Youth Voices Matter here. 


    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.

    NEW! Recovery Track with Youth Voices Matter: In partnership with Youth Voices Matter, UYP is hosting a recovery track! This track is for young people focused on learning the multiple pathways to recovery and the advocacy that comes with it.

    NYC Scholarship- The New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) will provide thirty scholarships for young leaders in NYC to attend UYP19. This opportunity will give participants the chance to enhance their professional skills and advance their personal goals. Transportation will also be provided to those who receive this scholarship. This scholarship is CLOSED.

    All applicants must be:
    – Between the ages of 18 and 30
    – Living in NYC
    – Either a current, former, or interested Youth Peer Advocate or a young adult interested in advancing social justice and/or peer advocacy in NYC youth-serving systems

    AMPLIFY-NY Scholarship- AMPLIFY-NY is offering a limited number of scholarships to young leaders across the state ages 18-24 with developmental and other disabilities. This scholarship is CLOSED.
    *Scholarship includes support for travel costs to and from the event.*

    All applicants must be:
    – Between the ages of 18 and 24
    – Have a developmental or other disability
    – Be willing to participate in the AMPLIFY-NY/NYISA Planning Group for a full year
    – Be able to be eligible to attend a Youth Leadership Forum (more information available at

    SOC Scholarship- NYS SOC (System of Care) is offering scholarships for Youth Peer Advocates in NYS System of Care Counties. This scholarship is CLOSED.

     For more information on additional Financial Aid to attend UYP, visit our Prospective Students section.


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