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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Youth Peer Advocate Level I (PSY-318)


Varies (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

March 2024 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: examine skills in self-advocacy, self-efficacy, and empowerment to effectively support young individuals in navigating service systems and achieving independent well-being; define the concept of self-efficacy and its impact on motivation, behavior, and emotional well-being; cultivate proficiency in utilizing tools and strategies, such as mindful breathing, journaling, goal-setting, and positive affirmation, to increase self-efficacy in young individuals; identify cultural competence as a Youth Peer Advocate (YPA) to effectively navigate and address cultural differences in personal relationships; describe skills of a YPA to effectively support, guide, and advocate for young individuals facing various challenges; implement ethical considerations and professional communication skills; analyze communication and conflict resolution skills in group settings, emphasizing active listening, non-verbal communication, and strategies for encouraging participation; examine how to navigating various systems to identify and understand resources available for clients and provide support in addressing challenges; and compare different documentation formats, such as DAP, DAR, SOAP, and Narrative Notes.


This course is designed for individuals aspiring to become Youth Peer Advocates (YPAs) capable of navigating complex systems and fostering positive change within organizations. Grounded in practical skills and theoretical frameworks, the course equips students with the knowledge and tools needed to provide effective support to youth and promote youth engagement.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology, Human Services, Social Work, Educational Studies, or Criminal Justice (3/24).