What is Peer Support and What is NOT Peer Support?

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A youth peer support specialist (YPSS) works with young people transitioning to adulthood who are usually involved in a child-serving system (e.g., foster care, mental health) or experiencing a unique challenge. YPSSs use their own lived experience with mental health and child-serving systems, as well as similar age, to relate and engage with the youth they serve. In their work together, YPSSs help youth to identify goals and advocate for themselves.



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