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Peer Generation Youth Empowerment

Peer Generation Youth Empowerment Training® is a youth-driven and youth-developed curriculum that offers an experiential introduction to youth peer support. The training focuses on strategies for resiliency and offers pathways for individuals to get in touch with their unique and authentic selves. Participants will experience an environment that is culturally grounded and focuses on practical ways to be inclusive toward the diversity of all communities and experiences. Individuals will be better equipped to practice peer support in real-life situations that could be easily implemented. Personal sharing and mutual learning are at the core of this curriculum.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of youth resiliency
  • Participants will become educated in personalized self-care strategies
  • Participants will increase cultural awareness
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Peer Generation in High Schools

As the increased demand for peer support in school settings grows, the Peer Generation Youth Empowerment Model stands out as one of the only programs developed by and for youth and young adults with lived experience with mental health conditions

The Copeland Center, in partnership with Youth MOVE PA, has successfully begun implementing Peer Generation Youth Empowerment Training in Pennsylvania High Schools. Check out the outcomes of this exciting project!

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Contact us for more information on bringing Peer Generation Youth Empowerment to your School!

Why Peer Generation?


“The number of children in America diagnosed with anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions is on the rise. It’s time to heed President Biden’s call to strengthen mental health in America, especially for our littlest ones. Young or old, we deserve a chance to build resilience and thrive.” - HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.


2020 Workforce Report


  SAMHSA's 2020 Behavioral Workforce Report Calls for: 

 This report states: “It is estimated that 1,900,736 children or 67% of children with Serious Emotional Disturbance that receive their treatment in school settings will benefit from school based behavioral health staff.”

It elaborates that of every 200 students, five Peer Specialists should be included on the team composition, which would also include one child psychiatrist, one psychologist, one social worker, and five behavioral health aides.

Peer Generation Youth Empowerment is a starting point to bring Peer Support to school settings. 

Peer Generation Testimonials


"Served as a catalyst for personal growth"

"Supported a healing journey and new ways of looking at past experiences"

"Better prepared me for meaningful engagement with my community"

"Enriched my understanding of my own goals and how to stay well while working towards them"


Peer Generation Youth Rising

Check out our introductory course to Peer Generation Youth Empowerment!

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