Youth Peer Advocate (YPA) Training

What is a Youth Peer Advocate?

A YPA provides a service called Youth Peer Support and Training. YPAs work directly with young people to help them navigate the service system and empower them to have a voice and play an active role in all aspects of the services they are receiving.

Who Should Participate in the YPA 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. Applicants must be able to use lived experience with a disability, mental health challenge, juvenile justice, special education, substance use disorder, 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 PDF
YPA Brochure PDF – Coming soon!


How Do I Access the YPA Training?

When you click the links 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.

Please read the descriptions below to help you choose the training pathway that best fits your needs. 

Check out the Getting Started Guide to walk you through how to create an account, register for a course and start training.

Getting Started Guide PDF – Coming soon!


For those interested in becoming a Youth Peer Advocate:

If you meet the qualifications and are interested in becoming a Youth Peer Advocate you can access the initial training below.

Level One YPA Training – Coming soon!



For those seeking to obtain a Youth Peer Advocate Credential:

If you meet the qualifications and plan to become a Credentialed Youth Peer Advocate please check out the Credentialing Page and look for the 6 Steps to becoming a Credentialed Youth Peer Advocate. Here you can easily access the training links and documentation necessary to become a Credentialed Youth Peer Advocate.

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 trainings 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