Youth Peer Advocate (YPA) Training

The Youth Peer Advocate Training introduces new YPAs to their role and the skills they will need to effectively engage and empower young people. This training includes both online modules, a 2-day in-person training, and a series of coaching phone calls.

YOUTH POWER! is in the process of developing the Youth Peer Advocate training that will be available upon its completion and approved release (Anticipated January 2019). In the meantime, those who are interested in becoming a Youth Peer Advocate can contact their local Regional Youth Partner for professional development, networking, and training opportunities while awaiting the release of the training and credential.

Who Should Participate in the YPA Training?

A Youth Peer Advocate is someone 18-30 years old who has self-identified as a person who has first-hand experience with social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges. They are 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.

Individuals who meet the qualifications of a YPA are eligible to participate in this training.

Is the YPA Training a Requirement for the YPA Credential?

Successful completion of the YPA Training is required for anyone seeking a Youth Peer Advocate Credential in New York State. Click here for the 5 Steps to a YPA Credential for a roadmap to take you through the process.

  • Level 1 of the YPA Training (online only) fulfills the training requirement for the Provisional YPA Credential. After completing the Level 1 training, advocates must complete the  YPA Provisional Credential Applications. Click here to connect to the YPA Credential page.
  • Level 2 of the YPA Training (online and in-person) fulfills the training requirement for the Professional YPA Credential. After completing the Level 2 training, advocates must complete the YPA Professional Credential application. Click here to connect to the YPA Credential page.

For more information on the Youth Peer Advocate Credential, contact

How Do I Access the  YPA Training?

Once the training has been released (Anticipated January 2019), you will be able to access the online Self-Learning Center hosted by our partners from the Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC) through this webpage. Registration for the Level 2 in-person training will also be available here. Stay tuned for more details.

For more information regarding the YPA Training, contact