Youth Peer Support
What is Youth Peer Support?
Youth Peer Support services are formal and informal services and supports provided to young people who are experiencing social, medical, emotional, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges in their home, school, placement, and/or community centered services.
This service can occur in a variety of settings including where the young person lives, works, attends school, engages in services, and/or socializes.
Youth Peer Supports are provided by a New York State Credentialed Youth Peer Advocate (YPA). A YPA is a young adult between 18-30 who has self-identified as a person with first-hand lived experience with a disability, mental health challenge, substance use disorder and/or experience in juvenile justice, special education, and/or foster care.
Learn more at https://www.ftnys.org/yp-ypa-training/
What does Youth Peer Support include?
There are five categories of Youth Peer Support. A Youth Peer Advocate is able to offer all five categories based on the individual needs and preferences of the young person.
1. Skill Building
3. Engagement, Bridging & Transition Support
4. Self-Advocacy, Self-Efficacy, & Empowerment
5. Community Connections & Natural Supports
For more information about our Youth Peer Support, please contact Keagan Hamilton, YPA at KHamilton@mhaedu.org or (607) 273-9250.