Youth Peer Support

The goal of the Youth Peer Support Program is to engage and empower young adults to work through challenges they may face living with a disability, mental health or substance abuse disorder. This program is unique in that Youth Peer Advocates (YPA) have direct experience with the challenges, losses and stresses many young individuals face.

Certified YPAs work one-on-one to advocate and support in both home and community settings and provide first hand experience on any of the following:

  • Social, emotional or behavioral challenges
  • Medical or developmental disability services
  • substance abuse
  • Child welfare
  • Juvenile Justice

Youth peer support helps young individuals understand that recovery is real and possible. This hope provides motivation for self-care and positive thinking.

Have questions?

Contact Jamie Spraker, Children and Family Services Team Leader
(518) 725-4310 ext. 139