• group photo taken at the 2016 Leaders' Dinner.
YOUTH POWER! is a New York State network run for and by youth and young adults. We work to ensure young people have meaningful involvement on all levels of the services they receive. We ensure the availability of Peer Support through persistent advocacy, technical assistance and by offering training and education opportunities.

Our Priorities

The YOUTH POWER! Priority Agenda will guide our advocacy efforts through 2018. As a network, we will set and reach goals which will transform service systems so that young people get the support they need with the respect and dignity they deserve. Check out the Priority Agenda here!

The Waiver Youth Peer Advocate Training Includes Online Modules

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Check out Zack, our NYISA Coordinator, tabling at Autism Action Day in Albany, NY! #YPInsider #AutismAcceptanceMonth ... See MoreSee Less

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In celebration of Autism Acceptance month, YOUTH POWER! will be hosting a film screening of the Emmy Nominated Movie Autism in Love, with a group discussion on the film to follow. This will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Washington Avenue branch of the Albany Public Library (161 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210).

The event is free, however, space is limited and registration is required. Go to goo.gl/forms/mCx60VGClgpv3rMJ2 to register!

Image Description: event flyer with border and YOUTH POWER! NYISA (New York Institute for Self Advocacy) logo and Autism in Love Movie cover in center. Text reads:

"YOUTH POWER! is hosting a film screening of...Autism in Love

Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 1:30PM

Join YOUTH POWER! as we celebrate Autism Acceptance Month for a screening of the Emmy nominated movie Autism in Love. Following the screening, there will be a group discussion on the film. This will take place on Saturday, April 28th, at 1:30 P.M. at the Albany Public Library; 161 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210. The event is free and open to the public!

Due to limited space, registration is required at the link below: goo.gl/forms/mCx60VGClgpv3rMJ2

From the Autism in Love Website:

“Unfortunately, when it comes to romantic relationships, people with autism have a distinct disadvantage. Being plagued by this developmental disorder jeopardizes the core characteristics of a relationship - communication and social interaction. Ostensibly it seems that some may never truly experience romantic love, or at least love by a typical definition. However, we know this to be false. We have innumerable instances of people with autism falling in love and having meaningful romantic relationships. AUTISM IN LOVE has captured those yet unexplored experiences.”

Questions? Contact Zack Kilmer, NYISA Coordinator, at ZKilmer@YOUTHPOWERNY.org or 518-708-3808"
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