Do you know what it's like to be impacted by violence in your neighborhood?
Do you want to use your experience to help others heal?
Drexel University Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice is currently seeking young adult applicants for a 9-week Community Health Worker Peer (CHWP)/Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Training Academy. This program, sponsored by Philadelphia Works, is designed to train Philadelphia residents age18-24 to become Community Health Workers / Certified Peer Specialists. The minimum requirements for eligibility are:
- Ages 18-24
- Philadelphia resident
- High School Diploma or GED
- Lived experience of violence (either to yourself or someone close to you)
- Willingness to share how violence and trauma have affected your mental and physical health, and to use that experience to help others heal
*PARTICIPANT PAYMENT* is provided. A criminal record may NOT be a barrier to entry into the program-- eligibility will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Participants will gain skills to support those who have experienced trauma and other physical and behavioral health challenges. Topics covered include professional boundaries and ethics, providing peer support, conflict resolution, supporting self advocacy, navigating the healthcare system and responding to medical and behavioral health emergencies. Those who successfully complete the training will be eligible to work as Community Health Workers and/or Certified Peer Specialists.