Join families and young people across New York State for a week of advocacy about topics and issues that are important to you! FTNYS will be hosting training sessions and town halls where families and youth will be able to speak directly with important legislators and change-makers in New York State government. These events will take place throughout the week. Sign up to attend or even participate as a speaker and ambassador in these town halls. Let your voice be heard about the issues that matter most to families and youth!

You may register as a general audience member or an ambassador.
An ambassador is someone who will be participating in the town halls as someone who will be publicly asking questions and speaking with lawmakers and state agency commissioners. Please note: in order to be considered as an town hall ambassador, you MUST participate in the general session on Monday. Anyone can register to attend the town halls as an audience member.
You're voice matters. Share your stories to help shape policy in New York. Have a personal experience in mental health and cross systems challenges? Please describe your experience with the selected town hall topics so we can carry message to legislators.
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Mindfulness is a helpful tool for so many mental health challenges. There are often simple techniques and practices that participants can use in their everyday lives to help regulate, relieve stress, and even take control of their lives. This guide has been developed from CTAC to help participants and providers alike to learn or practice meditation and mindfulness skills. Developed by CTAC's NYAPRS partner Ruth Colón-Wagner, it can be used as-is or it can be used as an interactive guide, by listening to the recorded meditation exercises. Listen now.
NY Project Hope - New York's FREE and confidential COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline
8:00am - 10:00pm / 7-Days a week
The Emotional Support Helpline is staffed by trained crisis counselors who help callers talk through their emotions and find resources to help them with the challenges of COVID. NY Project Hope also has a website filled with resources that folks can access anytime at, as well as a supportive social media presence.

  1. Peer support is not a clinical service.
  2. Peer support providers are members of the team and fulfill many roles
  3. Evidence demonstrates the positive benefits of peer support services.
  4. Supervision of peers is unique from supervision with other professions.
  5. Self-care is a critical component of peer support.

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Join Rise in Developing a Parents’ Platform: Sign up for a Community Conversation!

Participatory Action Research Project to Develop a Parents’ Platform
As parents impacted by the child welfare system, we are developing a Parents’ Platform to amplify the experiences of families targeted, surveilled, and separated by ACS and to advocate for real community-based support.  

Community Conversations will be held via Zoom on the following dates/times:
  • Wednesday, February 24th, 3:00-5:00 pm 
  • Wednesday, March 17th, 3:00-5:00 pm 
  • Wednesday, April 14th, 3:00-5:00 pm 

To attend, fill out the sign-up form
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NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and will save lives. If someone you know thinks it might be better to catch COVID-19 than to get a vaccine, help us spread the word that getting the vaccine is far safer than risking getting sick with COVID-19.

When you get vaccinated, you are helping to protect yourself and your family and friends. You are also helping to make your community safer.

Gender Inclusive Facilitation Skills for
Peer Specialists
Tuesday, February 23
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Creating a safe learning environment for support groups and educational workshops is an important job for peer specialists.

In this presentation Ari Dennis introduces attendees to the concept of gender inclusion and how it applies to facilitation for peer specialists. Practical skills will be the core of the talk interwoven with personal narrative and statistics. The skills they will address are categorized broadly into personal inclusive practices, facilitation of groups with mixed gender or sexual orientation, and awareness and deconstruction of gender associations.
Peer Employment Support Group

Virtual Community Networking
12:00pm - 1:00pm

A weekly support meeting for those seeking employment in the peer support workforce. Participants will explore a variety of topics for choosing, getting, and keeping good peer support jobs.

Led by the Academy of Peer Services and the NYC Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium.