Special Initiatives

Youth Peer Support

Youth Peer Advocate Training and Credentialing

Families Together administers the New York State Youth Peer Advocate (YPA) Credential. Established in 2019, as of January 2021 there were 100 credentialed YPAs throughout the state. The intent of this credentialing process is to formally recognize the expertise of Youth Peer Advocates, to ensure all advocates demonstrate core competencies, to expand reimbursement possibilities, and to provide opportunities for professional growth and collaboration.

For an overview of credential requirements, please see:

To access the training required for a YPA Credential:

For additional information on the YPA Credential please visit:

If you have any questions about the YPA Credential, please contact: YPACredential@ftnys.org 

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