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There's still time to register for UYP!YOUTH POWER! will host the University of YOUTH POWER! in Albany, NY at the College of Saint Rose.  We are inviting young people ages 18 to 30 to register with a major of Peer Advocacy or Systems Advocacy.  

UYP! is a broad social justice event focused on increasing skills of young leaders. We will include professors from the following fields of work: Disability Rights, Mental health, Addiction, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice, Labor, Independent Living and more!

UYP! Professors include representatives of the following agencies: Justice Center & State Education Department, NYS OASAS, Acces-VR, NYS Success, Magellan's MY LIFE, and Intentional Peer Support.

Students will have the opportunity to attend YP!'s 7th Annual Leaders' Dinner. Each year YP! hosts this dinner so that young people and State Agency Commissioners and senior level staff can join in a discussion for the betterment of New York State services. 


The UYP! Registration fee is $600 and will include: 
  • All classes and student activities
  • Student handbook and University of YP! t-shirt
  • Overnight lodging on July 28, 29 and 30
  • Meals on campus on July 28, 29, 30 and 31
Students who wish to stay off campus can register at a discounted amount of $360.



The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) is offering a fellowship program for those student who are interested in adding the concentration of Addiction to their major.  This fellowship will include full coverage of registration fees and opportunities to engage in OASAS advisory activities. More information on the fellowship is available here.


Youth Advocate Supervisors should consider this a great training and networking opportunity for their employees.  


For more information visit our website, follow our daily UYP! Tips on Facebook,

use the hashtag #UYP14 or contact Zach Garafalo at or 518-432-0333 x26.

More information is available on our website.

 Stay Connected and Up to Date on Social Media


YOUTH POWER! began its 30 day on June 29th through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Post have included pre-set themes decided by the social media planning team; such themes included:

Motivational Monday- Quotes and comments from YP! board members about what motives them to stay in advocacy.
Tuesday- UYP Reminders- Helpful reminders to youth; like registering for the event, scholarship opportunities and more ways to involved with YP!
Wednesday- Worldwide Historical- facts provided by YP!'s Systems Advocate Melanie Hecker pertaining to topics from our Priority Agenda.
Thursday- YP! THROW BACKS- Pictures and quotes from past statewide youth forum events.
Freestyle Friday- Cool facts about UYP! and other fun post.
Saturday & Sunday UYP! Travel tips- Helpful tips and reminders on what to bring and what not to bring.

Youth are encouraged check out these posts and comment and ask questions. The more we can get you talking, the more we can do to help make this experience truly exciting for everyone. All our posts on our social media platforms include #UYP14 which we highly recommend everyone use when talking about University of YOUTH POWER!. 

UYP! is offering majors in YOUTH POWER!'s core missions of Peer Advocacy and Systems Advocacy. 


Peer Advocacy

In this major, young people will develop competencies in areas such as: strategic sharing, advocacy, communication, self-help, wellness tools, identifying community based services, independent living, anti-stigma, addiction, building career pathways, rights and responsibilities, cultural competency, strength- based approaches, and social marketing.


Systems Advocacy

In this major, young people will develop competencies in areas such as:  Advocacy, leading boards and committees, public speaking, understanding government structures, terminology, campaign development, recognizing privilege, disability history, systems coordination, networking, understanding politics and playing the game, rights and protection.


Youth will receive their own personalized handbook with a class schedule based on their interests and areas of development. This handbook will be handed out upon arrival and students are urged to keep it even after the event as it will include professor bios, general resources, regional resources and extra blank pages for personal use. 




July 28, 2014 - Day 1:

12:00pm-2:30pm                    Arrivals, lunch and campus tours

3:00pm-5:30pm                      Opening session and Orientation

6:00pm-7:30pm                      Dinner

7:00pm-11:30pm                    Evening activities


July 29, 2014 - Day 2:

7:00am-8:30am                      Breakfast

9:00am-12:00pm                    Morning classes

12:00pm-1:30pm                    Lunch

1:45pm-5:00pm                      Afternoon classes

6:30pm-9:30pm                      Student fair with a live band and BBQ


July 30, 2014 - Day 3:

7:00am-8:30am                      Breakfast

9:00am-12:00pm                    Morning classes

12:00pm-1:30pm                    Lunch

1:45pm-4:45pm                      Afternoon classes

6:00pm-8:00pm                      YP!'s 7th Annual Leaders' Dinner

9:00pm-11:00pm                    Karaoke Dance Party


July 31, 2014 - Day 4:

7:00am-8:30am                      Breakfast

9:00am-10:30am                    Closure Circle

10:45-12:30pm                        Final Activities, Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm                      Graduation ceremony with elected class speakers




Financial Assistance
Indiegogo logo We recognize that it is difficult for many young leaders to come up with the registration fees. We encourage youth to reach out to their own organizations, they can hand out the 'Sponsor Me' letter to give to organizations they think will be able to help sponsor them. We also urge youth to check out sites like crowdfunding platforms such as indiegogo or gofundme. For more information and tips click here


Young people may apply for a fellowship through the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The application will be available until full, though space is limited. People will be able to access it through their existing registration form. They can go back into their submission and the page will be there. 

An additional source of funds is the 2014 Pat Figueroa Jr Application for Young Adult Leadership Training Sponsorship which covers $250.  This scholarship is not offered through YP!.  It is offered by the New York State Independent Living Council. Students must register for UYP!, pay the fee, and apply for the PF Jr. sponsorship separately. 
Become a UYP! Sponsor

YP! is seeking sponsors to assist in making UYP! the best it can be.  Consider making a tax deductible donation.  More information can be found on the Sponsorship form.  Below are the levels of sponsorship and the incentives that go with the donation.

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Important Contact Information 

We hope this UYP! Alert reaches as many youth, young adults, parents and guardians and organizations as possible and we encourage you to use the following for any questions, comments and concerns you may have:


Visit our website- for up to date information, additional resources and all YOUTH POWER! information. 

Contact Zach Garafalo- zgarafalo@youthpowerny.org518-432-0333 x26 for questions regarding payment methods and questions and registration assistance.

Contact Terri Lewis-, 518-432-0333 x27 for general questions, sponsorship inquiries and social media questions.

Contact Stephanie Orlando-, 518-598-2467 for press inquiries, NYS Success Scholarships, Leaders' Dinner and St. Rose college questions.

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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.

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