Unlike FPSS services which target the parents/caretakers of children/youth experiencing psychiatric, emotional, social developmental or substance use difficulties, YPST services target the children/youth and are designed to help sustain their cooperation with the prescribed interventions.


Like the FPSS, the YPST is also provided by a peer; a youth who has lived experience with similar issues as the client and is certified by NYS as a Youth Peer Advocate (YPA).  


Service Components:


Skill Building
The YPA helps the child/youth to manage her/his psychiatric symptoms, trauma, and substance use; and develop skills of goal setting, navigating community resources, and building resilience and community support.  


Coaching
Providing hands-on experience by modeling behavior, sharing stories of personal recovery; and promoting hope and mutual support.

Promoting Self-Advocacy, Self-Efficacy and Empowerment
Helping to develop skills of self-advocacy and independent choice, promoting positive self-image, reducing/eliminating negative stigma, teaching interactive and navigational skills, helping the youth understand their treatment plan and working with providers to ensure that the treatment is relevant to the youth/family.

Engagement, Bridging, and Transition Support
Helping to facilitate the transition to adulthood especially as it impacts the treatment plan. Facilitating connection to service-providers. Helping youth understand their behavior, expectations, treatment plans and rationale.

Community Connections and Natural Support
Teaching the youth to access community resources. Accompanying the youth to service locations and providing support. Helping the youth to socialize and build mutually-supportive networks of youth with similar diagnoses thus heightening their chances of cooperating with treatment interventions.   

Youth Peer Support and Training (YPST)

Bendel Youth Empowerment Program

384 E 149th St  Suite 527

Bronx, New York 10455

+1 (917) 891 8845

​Rehabilitative services for children and youth (CFTSS) 
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