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UYP Call for Professors Deadline has been Extended!
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  University of YOUTH POWER! is the premiere youth peer leadership conference modeled after a college experience. This conference provides Youth Peer Advocates and change agents the opportunity to build skills and expand their professional network. Young people ages 18 to 30 can register for this for-youth-by-youth social justice conference with a major of Peer Advocacy, Systems Advocacy or participate in the NEW Recovery Track with Youth Voices Matter. This conference will take place June 22-25 at the College of Saint Rose. 

Join us in amplifying the skills and professional networks of young leaders across the state!  Submit a proposal today!

More information regarding the topics and proposal guidelines are available in the application below. Individuals are not limited to one proposal. We encourage you to consider proposals that address the specific needs of each major or provide advanced and beginner courses to fit the diverse needs of students. Proposals can also include creative and engaging activities for all students to participate in.

Download the application form  here!

FINAL Submissions are due by end of day Monday, March 18th 2019. 

Send your COMPLETED Call for Professors form to:
Attn:  Amanda Davidson     Topic:  UYP Call for Professors
Fax:  518-434-6478
Mail:  737 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12208

Webinar TODAY on the NYS Youth Peer Advocate Training & Credentialing
YPA Training and Credentialing Webinar flyer. March 8th 12pm
Date/Time:  Friday, March 8th | 12-1 PM
Presenters: YOUTH POWER!

The Youth Peer Advocate Training and Credentialing is now live! This webinar will provide a detailed overview of the Youth Peer Advocate Training and Credentialing process and the supports people have along the way.
We will explore the topics c overed in the Youth Peer Advocate Training;
  • Review the full process required to obtain a Youth Peer Advocate Credential
  • Answer any additional questions you may have.
Audience: Agencies designated to provide Youth Peer Support and Training (YPST), all providers serving youth, and young adults interested in learning more about becoming a Youth Peer Advocate (YPA).

Share Your Experiences and Challenges with Health/Wellness and Receive a $30 gift card!
Your input is needed!
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Researchers at Fordham University want to know about you and the experiences and challenges that contribute to health and psychological well-being. Your opinions can help inform services on ways to enhance wellness and assist people in meeting life challenges and reaching their life goals.
Participants who complete a valid online survey receive a $30 Amazon gift card! Click the link below to see if you qualify. Deadline to participate is March 15th.

Central Region AMPLIFY-NY YLF Registration is LIVE!
YOUTH POWER!'s AMPLIFY-NY Initiative will host Regional Youth Leadership Forums (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!

These 4-day, 3-night forums are  FREE  to attend and includes panel presentations, hands-on activities to practice leadership skills, and supported leadership activities. 

2019 Central YLF: May 18-21, 2019 | Holiday Inn Liverpool | Syracuse, NY
Registration is now LIVE!
  • It's a unique opportunity; have the chance to attend as one of 30 young people.
  • Be connected with an experienced advisor to complete a leadership project that interests you.
  • This event is FREE if accepted and includes your meals, housing, and transportation assistance.
  • In order to be selected you must:
    • Have a developmental or other disability (past, present, or perceived).
    • Be in the age range of 14-24 (Youth under 18 must have guardian approval).
    • Live in New York State.
    • Show demonstrated leadership potential in your application (*now easier to apply!*).

For more information about AMPLIFY-NY and Youth Leadership Forums, 
Roleplay Game Day for Autism Acceptance Month!
Join us on a disability themed fantasy adventure! 
Fight ableism with magic and swords! 

 Primarily youth (12+) with developmental or intellectual disabilities (But all are welcome to attend!) 
Free food and fun at a fantasy Roleplay Game Day hosted by YOUTH POWER! 
April 27th 2019 from 1:00-4:00 P.M. 
Albany Public Library - Large Auditorium 161 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210 (1st Floor)

Registration is required to be guaranteed a seat to play the game. 

Questions? Contact Zack Kilmer, NYISA Coordinator zkilmer@YOUTHPOWERNY.ORG or 518-708-3808
YOUTH POWER! is Hiring!
There is an opening in the YOUTH POWER! division of Families Together in NYS, Inc. YOUTH POWER! is the statewide network of young people who have been labeled and are seeking change. Through peer-to-peer mentoring, we empower young people to be active citizens that are aware of government operations, their rights and the ability to use their voices to influence policies, practices, regulations, and laws.

Western Regional Youth Partner - 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. The Regional Youth Partner position is a credentialed Youth Peer Advocate position, which promotes the lived experience perspective and youth-guided philosophy across all child-serving systems.

FREE Regional Advocacy Trainings
Calling All Self-Advocates! 

YP! is hosting FREE self-advocacy training's throughout NYS. These trainings are designed for youth (14+) with intellectual/developmental disabilities, but all are welcome to attend! Learn about disability history, strategic sharing, and plan your future as a leader with the help of graduates 
of the New York Institute for Self-Advocacy! Light refreshments will be served. 

Last One for Now!
Central NY  - March 26th
Dunham Public Library - 1027, 76 Main St. 
Whitesboro, NY 13492
5:30-8:00 PM

Register today! YOUTHPOWERNY.ORG/RatReg
Questions? Contact Zack Kilmer, NYISA Coordinator 518-708-3808 or zkilmer@YOUTHPOWERNY.ORG 
Sign up for the YP! YPA Listserv to Stay Updated!
Sign up for the YPA Listserv to stay up to date on all things pertaining to Youth Peer Advocates_ including_ upcoming trainings_ credentialing updates_ resources_ supervisor supports_ and professional development opportunities.
YOUTH POWER! would like to invite you to sign up for the:

Sign up for the YPA Listserv to stay up to date on all things pertaining to Youth Peer Advocates, including: 
  • upcoming trainings
  • credentialing updates
  • resources
  • supervisor supports, and
  • professional development opportunities
From Western to Central. A Message from the New Central RYP!
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"Hi friends!

The last time I wrote anything for publication in the eNews, I was introducing myself to you all as the new Western Regional Youth Partner. Today, I'm writing with some different news - I am in the midst of transitioning into the role of Central Regional Youth Partner!  

My husband and I are expecting a baby in September, and after much thought and prayer we've decided that it's best if we start our journey as a family of three in Syracuse, NY. This is a big step for me, as I am very comfortable in Western New York and am sad to leave all the incredible service providers, youth, and families that I've had the privilege to work with over the past year, not to mention my incredible friends and family. At the same time, I am very much looking forward to making new connections and partnering with agencies and youth to advance youth voice in the Central Region.  

To every person I've partnered with while working as Western Regional Youth Partner - thank you for making my first year with YOUTH POWER! so memorable.  And don't worry - I'm not going too far. I will see you at our yearly statewide events (including University of YOUTH POWER!, coming up in JUNE!  Whaaaatttt?!!)

To every service provider, youth, and family member in Central New York that I've yet to meet - I cannot wait to get to know you, to hear your stories, and to partner with you to empower even more young people! 

Lead on!

-Carly DelVecchio
Former Western Regional Youth Partner, Current Central Regional Youth Partner"

Written by Carly DelVecchio
FTNYS 2019 Conference - Registration now Live! 
May 5th and 6th at the Marriot Hotel in Albany NY_ FTNYS 2019 Annual Conference_ register at

Have you registered yet?

The Families Together in New York State Annual Conference is attended by families of children and youth with social, emotional and behavioral health challenges, service providers, educators, policymakers and advocates. 

        Building Strong Roots for Success: Integration for Family Wellness         
Give Your Feedback on YPA Readiness!
YOUTH POWER_ is seeking your feedback as we prepare for the integration of Youth Peer Advocates across New York State and services becoming billable in January 2020.      Your insights are valuable. In order for us to best support the needs of agencies_organizations_ we invite you to take this brief survey. Your input will help guide the development of tools_ guidance_ and support offered statewide.   www.surveymonkey.com_r_YPAReady
YOUTH POWER! is s eeking your feedback as we prepare for the integration of Youth Peer Advocates across New York State and services becoming billable in January 2020!
Your insights are valuable. In order for us to best support the needs of agencies/organizations, we invite you to take this brief survey. Your input will help guide the development of tools, guidance, and support offered statewide. 

Resources, Resources, Resources!
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The TA Tidbit is an online publication of the TA Network highlighting resources developed or provided in response to requests from SAMHSA System of Care grantees on various topics.

This edition focuses on strategic planning for youth-run programs and organizations  and was prepared by Youth MOVE National in partnership with the TA Network.
This document describes an activity used by Youth MOVE Miami to encourage youth members to visualize the structure and goals of their organization.

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Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text.

Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis.

Family Help Center is Hiring for Youth!
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Family Help Center, located in Buffalo NY is hiring a Full Time Assistant Youth Coordinator!

The Assistant Youth Coordinator assists the Youth Coordinator in developing, coordinating, and overseeing all youth leadership development services provided by the Family Help Center for the Erie County Children's System of Care. The Assistant Youth Coordinator works with a team to plan and facilitate youth meetings, skill training's , and events, and to empower youth in the program to help in planning and facilitating meetings and events.

Download the FULL job description here!
Evaluate Public Bus Accessibility Requirements! 
Attention: Albany, NY Region Bus Riders

Do you want to know what an accessible bus trip looks like?

Would you like to provide feedback on bus access in the CDTA service area?

Sign up to watch the Northeast ADA Center's short and easy to understand "How To" videos that explain the accessibility requirements and features of public buses!

After watching the videos, you can choose to evaluate a bus trip, using an app for your smartphone.

To learn more about the TRAC, and how you can participate, email the Northeast ADA Center at or call 732.449.3621.

The Transit Research & Accessibility Center (TRAC) was created by the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University, under New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council contract #C024328.

Youth Preparedness Council, You Could be Next!
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FEMA is accepting applicants for the Youth Preparedness Council. This program brings teens together from across the country who are interested and engaged in community preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities and their potential to expand their impact as national leaders for emergency preparedness.
Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply.

The Youth Preparedness Council, formed in 2012, offers an opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit in Washington, D.C. During their two-year term, the youth leaders will complete both a local and national-level project and share their ideas regarding youth disaster preparedness with FEMA leadership and national organizations.

Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form, provide two letters of recommendation, and academic records.  

All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific, March 31. New council members will be announced in May.

To access the application materials, read about the current Council members, and for more general information about the Youth Preparedness Council visit .

If you have any questions about this advisory, please feel free to contact FEMA's Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444.
Doors to Wellbeing Seeking Members for National Youth Advisory Council
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  Apply today to become a National Youth Advisory Council Member!

The Doors to Wellbeing National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC) was established to ensure that our projects and activities are meeting the goals and objectives of our grant. Our council members are given the opportunity to provide feedback and recommendations and to take a leadership role in creating meaningful change. The council includes 10 members. Eight youth (16-30) and two adult mentor members. Each member represents a focus of our grant. Each member must serve a one year term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. Members must agree to attend 80% of the meetings.

Member Positions

Young Adult (ages 16-30) Council Member Positions: 
  • Youth Representative
  • Cultural Diversity Representative
  • Rural Diversity Representative
  • Region 3 Representative (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania,Virginia, West Virginia)
  • Region 7 Representative (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska)

Adult Member Positions
  • Veteran (Who has served in Afghanistan/Iraq) Representative
  • Peer Specialist Representative

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
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Campaign for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month promotes inclusion & stresses how each person makes their community stronger!

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) will highlighting the unique contributions of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities throughout March, which is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

A press release stated, "Much like the members of other minority groups that make New York state the diverse state that it is, people with developmental disabilities too often face obstacles that threaten their inclusion and full participation in their communities and society. Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness and further promote inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life."

Toward this end, the OPWDD is asking New Yorkers to get to know different individuals who have developmental disabilities each day of the month. The campaign, aptly called "One of A Kind" is online at Every day, an online calendar will reveal different people with a developmental disability, thereby encouraging visitors to reflect upon each person's individuality and how their talents enhance the fabric of communities and state.

"This month we honor and celebrate the strengths of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities who've made our lives richer and our communities stronger and more diverse," said OPWDD Acting Commissioner Theodore Kastner. "Each and every one us, whether we have a developmental disability or not, is 'One of A Kind.' But when you put all of us together, we become a powerful community."

New Yorkers who want to help promote the campaign and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities are encouraged to share OPWDD's "One of A Kind" webpage on their social media channels. People can also participate on social media by highlighting how they are "One of A Kind" using the hashtags #DDAwareness19, #NYSOPWDD and #OneofAKind19.

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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