YPA Training

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 online modules, a 2-day in-person 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 check out the YPA Scope of Work and Definition.

YPA Scope of Work and Definition
Youth Peer Support Brochure PDF

Is the Youth Peer Advocate Training a Requirement for the Youth Peer Advocate 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 One of the Youth Peer Advocate Training (Online) All individuals interested in becoming a Youth Peer Advocate must complete the Youth Peer Advocate Training.The first step in the credentialing process is to complete Level One of the YPA Training. Check out the Getting Started Guide to walk you through how to create an account, register for a course and start training. We strongly recommend that you review this document before you begin.

Getting Started Guide PDF

  • Level Two of the Youth Peer Advocate Training (Online & In-person)
    Level Two of the Youth Peer Advocate Training consists of two parts, an online and in-person component. Once you have completed Level One of the YPA Training you can request access to the Level Two online training. Check out the Level Two Access Guide to walk you through how to request access to Level Two.

Level Two Access Guide PDF

Once you have completed Level Two online training, you will need to complete the Level Two in-person training. This 2-day training will be offered across the state.  You can get up to date information on training announcements for YPAs by signing up for the YPA Listserv.

For more information on the Youth Peer Advocate Credential, contact us at YPACredential@YOUTHPOWERNY.org.

How Do I Access the Youth Peer Advocate Training?

Access to the Youth Peer Advocate Training is available through our website below. Please read the descriptions below to help you choose the training pathway that best fits your needs. If you have questions, please contact us. 

Youth Peer Advocate Level One Online Modules

If you meet the qualifications and are interested in becoming a Youth Peer Advocate you can access the training below. When you click the link, 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. Once you successfully complete all of the Level One modules, you can request permission to access the Level Two online modules through the Self-Learning center.

Check out the Getting Started Guide to walk you through how to create an account, register for a course and start training. We strongly recommend that you review this document before you begin.
Getting Started Guide PDF

Level One Online YPA Training

Youth Peer Advocate Level Two Online Modules:

Once you have completed Level One of the YPA Training you can request access to Level Two online training. Check out the Level Two Access Guide to walk you through how to request access to Level Two.

Level Two Access Guide PDF

Level Two Online YPA Training

Youth Peer Advocate Level Two In-Person Training Registration

Once you have completed Level Two online training, you will need to complete the Level Two in-person training. In order to participate in the in-person training you must:

  • Hold a YPA Provisional Credential. You can find the application here.
  • Complete the Youth Peer Advocate Level Two online training.
  • Be providing services that fall within the role of a YPA. (employment or volunteer)

Register for Hudson River Training– Closes July 12th

July 23rd – 24th
Tuesday-Wednesday
9am to 5pm

Register for NYC Training- Closes August 2nd

August 19th – 20th
Monday – Tuesday
9am to 5pm

You can get up to date information on training announcements for YPAs by signing up for the YPA Listserv.

Partners or Supervisors

As a partner or supervisor you can request access to the Youth Peer Advocate Training through CTAC here. Coming soon!

Stay tuned for training’s and resources available for supervisors. Support is also available through YOUTH POWER!’s technical assistance. For more information or to get support, contact your local Regional Youth Partner.

For more information regarding the YPA Training, contact YPATraining@YOUTHPOWERNY.org.

For more information on the Youth Peer Advocate Credential, contact us at YPACredential@YOUTHPOWERNY.org.

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