Happy New Year From 
We wish all of our members and supporters a safe and happy new year.  We have many exciting events in 2015.  Save the dates of these important gatherings.

University of YOUTH POWER!

Class of 2015: A New Generation of ADA Leaders

A young lady walks wearing a cap, UYP class of 2014 shirt and a big smile. Fellow students stand behind her clapping and smiling.
June 15-18, 2015
Albany, New York
College of Saint Rose

YOUTH POWER! will host the second annual University of YOUTH POWER! (UYP), 

a for-youth-by-youth social justice conference that is modeled after a college experience.  Young people ages 18 to 30 may register with a major of Peer Advocacy or Systems Advocacy.  UYP will take place in Albany New York at the College of Saint Rose.  Resident students will be provided overnight accommodations in the apartment style dormitory as well as meals on campus. 


In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) UYP15 will include a variety of classes and activities focused on the rights and history of the ADA. UYP aims to empower and educate a 
New Generation of ADA Leaders.

YP! is currently seeking additional sponsors and professors. Contact Stephanie Orlando if you are interest in being a part of this important educational event. [email protected]

Registration will open on March 2, 2015.  


YP!'s Third Annual Mental Health and Foster Care Awareness Celebration
two ribbons. one purple and one green
May 28, 2015
11:00 am-2:00 pm
Albany, New York
Empire State Plaza Meeting Room 6

The month of May is both mental health and foster care awareness months. In 2013, YP! began the tradition of hosting a joint mental health and foster care awareness celebration. In 2015, we will continue to spread hope and courage through the power of peers and community. Lunch will be provided free of charge to those who register.

Registration will open in March 2015.
Families Together in New York State's Annual Conference with YP! Track

Building Strong Roots for Success: Valuing Families and Youth Every Step of the Way

save the date postcard with a tree, crucial information and the FTNYS logo

April 19-20, 2015
Albany, New York

For the 10th year YP! will host a track of workshops for young people.

Join us in this fun and educational event.

Registration will open in January.
Families Together in New York State's Annual Legislative Awareness Luncheon

March 3, 2015
Albany, New York
Empire State Plaza, Convention Center

Join hundreds of family members, youth, advocates, and state leaders from across for the  Families Together in New York State Legislative Awareness Day.  Youth and Family members are invited to meet with legislators, network with other families and advocates and share your valuable voice and ideas! Many legislators will join families for lunch.

YP! will be promoting the 2013-2015 Priority Agenda and will engage young people in educational activities relating to legislative advocacy.

Visit ftnys.org for more information.

About Us

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.