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Seeking Applicants for the Hudson River Regional Youth Partner Position
image of desk with empty chair in front of YP office graffiti. Are you the Next Regional Youth Partner is written across the image
YOUTH POWER! is seeking applicants for the Hudson River Regional Youth Partner position. The Regional Youth Partners are peer leaders that connect local youth groups, coordinate regional youth advocacy efforts and provide technical assistance and training on youth empowerment, youth-guided practice, and youth peer services.
 Must reside in one of the 16 counties in the region. Preferred location Albany
STATUS: Full-time salary employee - High 30s with benefits package
  • Must have personal life experience accessing children's mental health services and be willing to share this information publically. Additional experience with Disability, Foster Care, Addiction, or Juvenile Justice is beneficial.
  • Experience as a Youth Peer Advocate strongly preferred
  • Bachelor's or Associates Degree preferred but not required
  • Must have valid driver's license and reliable transportation
  • Must be able to travel

For the full posting, click here.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants must send a resume with a formal cover letter in order to be considered. 
Emails and letters must indicate the title of the position that the applicant is seeking.
Don't Miss Your Chance! Apply for the Hudson River YLF Today!
Sept 15-18 Albany_ NY YOUTH POWER_ AMPLIFY-NY Hudson River Region... Applications are Live_ 2018 Hudson River Youth Leadership Forum Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center Albany_ NY For More Information and to Apply_ www.YOUTHPOWERNY.org_YLF_ Elijah Fagan-Solis 518-432-0333 ext. 19 _AMPLIFYNY

YOUTH POWER!'s AMPLIFY-NY Initiative will host the 2018 Hudson River Region Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for young people with disabilities to speak up, build skills, and prepare to take on leadership roles. This peer-run forum brings opportunities to YOUth and gives the next generation of leaders the tools and support they need for success. The YLF is a safe, youth-friendly environment with plenty of fun activities to complement the wealth of knowledge being learned!  This 4-day, 3-night forum is  FREE  to attend and includes panel presentations, hands-on activities to practice leadership skills, and supported leadership activities. Future leaders do not want to miss this opportunity to build leadership skills and become empowered with self-confidence and self-determination!

Deadline for Registration: August 27, 2018.
For more information, click  here!
To apply, click  here!
For questions regarding the YLF, contact:
Elijah Fagan-Solis
518-432-0333 ext. 19

Opportunity for Parents/Caregivers
in the Hudson River Region
Foundations for Leadership_ A Parent_Caregiver Workshop Series Registration is OPEN_ Saturday_ September 15th and Tuesday_ September 18th Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center Albany_ NY For More Information and to Apply_ www.YOUTHPOWERNY.org_FFLreg_ Elijah Fagan-Solis 518-432-0333 ext. 19 _AMPLIFYNY _Additional opportunity for youth also available._

Everyone can greatly benefit from connecting with their peers in order to support their personal growth. Additionally, young people want to be heard by their caregivers and receive that support as they grow into young leaders and become more self-sufficient. Through this FREE workshop series that brings together both the family and youth perspective, we give caregivers the tools they need to support the young people in their care as a vital part of their transition team through teaching, modeling, and support. Lunch will be provided on both days. 

Parents/caregivers attend the workshop on the first and last days of the Youth Leadership Forum, providing them the opportunity to support their youth attending a new event and witness them graduate the forum with pride (if they are participating).  The parent/caregiver workshop series includes both individual sessions and joint sessions with youth participants.

YOUTH POWER! has partnered with Families Together in New York State and INCLUDEnyc to develop this opportunity.
Apply now online by  clicking here or download the paper application on our website.

Deadline for registration is,  Monday, August 27th.

For more information, contact Elijah Fagan-Solis at 518-432-0333 ext. 19 or

Upcoming Regional Youth Forums

2018 Western Regional Youth Forum_ August 27_ 2018 12_00-2_30pm Buffalo_ NY Keynote Speaker_ Todd Vaarwerk Chief Policy Officer_ WNY Independent Living Food and Refreshments _Please conact Carly with any dietary restrictions Resource Fair Talk with representatives from a variety of local housing programs_ To register_ https___www.eventbrite.com_e_2018-western-youth-forum-affordable-and-accessible-housing-options-tickets-48813330987 For more Information_ contact_ Carly Congilosi__ 585-314-2452 __

Western Regional Youth Forum

Date: Monday, August 27th, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where:  Meals On Wheels of WNY
100 James E Casey Drive
Buffalo, NY 14206

Click here to register!

For more information, contact:
Carly Congilosi, YP! Western Regional Youth Partner

Hudson River Regional Advocacy Training Registration Open
Regional Advocacy Training flyer

As part of our New York Institute for Self Advocacy initiative, YOUTH POWER! will be hosting a Regional Advocacy Training for the Capital Region! It will take place Thursday, August 23rd, at 5:30 P.M at the Albany Public Library. This is a self-advocacy training designed for people with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities. More details can be found on the attached flyer. Register today by contacting Zack Kilmer, NYISA Coordinator, at or 518-708-3808.
Joe Biden Launches "As Your Are" Initiative to Promote LGBTQ Acceptance
Joe Biden with his arms raised and speaking

Former Vice President Joe Biden is launching an awareness campaign to promote the importance of family acceptance of LGBTQ youth. The vice president's Biden Foundation kicked off the "As You Are" initiative on Tuesday with a video campaign, featuring Biden, pop singer Cyndi Lauper, former NFL player Wade Davis and numerous LGBTQ advocates and activists.

"We'll use our resources to highlight the harms of family rejection and lift up research, best practices and personal stories to show the importance of family acceptance," said Biden in the video campaign. 

Click here to continue reading!

Click here for the video campaign!
2018-2019 Disability Rights
Storytellers Fellowship Opportunity
AAPD American Association of People with Disabilities ROOTED in RIGHTS Disability Rights are Human Rights

The Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship managed by Rooted in Rights and AAPD provides the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to learn and apply skills in digital media storytelling, and to connect with media professionals to prepare participants for advanced careers in media production, journalism, online advocacy, or digital design. The project combines hands-on training in cutting-edge technologies with a strong foundation in developing each individual's voice and using story-driven videos in advocacy.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship are due by September 4, 2018.

The views and opinions expressed in third party messages and external links included in this eNews are those of the organization or individual mentioned. They do not necessarily reflect the official positions of YOUTH POWER!.
YOUTH POWER! is the New York State network of young people who have been labeled and are seeking change.  Together, we have decided to speak up about our experiences because no one knows what it is like for us better than we do.  Through peer-to-peer mentoring, we empower young people to be active citizens who are aware of government operations, their rights and the ability to use their voices to influence policies, practices, regulations and laws.  We are young people helping other people, ensuring availability of self-help and peer support while changing systems so that young people get the support they need with the respect and dignity they deserve.  Nothing About Us Without Us!

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