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Community Health Worker/ Certified Peer Specialist Training for Young Men Impacted by Violence- DEADLINE TO APPLY: FRIDAY MARCH 13, 2020


The Drexel University Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice is currently seeking applicants for our 9-week Community Health Worker Peer (CHWP)/Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Training Academy. This program, sponsored by a grant from the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, is designed to train men, ages 18-30, who have lived experience of violence to become Community Health Workers / Certified Peer Specialists. The basic requirements for eligibility for this training are:

  • Identify as male
  • Ages 18-30
  • Lived experience of violence (either to themselves or someone close to them)
  • HS diploma or GED
  • Willing to commit to 9 weeks of training (4 days per week, Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday)

*PARTICIPANT PAYMENT* is provided, and transportation assistance is available.

A criminal record may NOT be a barrier to entry into the program-- eligibility will be assessed on a case by case basis.

The training will provide trauma-informed instruction where participants will gain skills in violence prevention/intervention, community education, health system navigation, how to approach physical health and mental health emergencies, addressing the impact of trauma, motivational interviewing, confidentiality,  group facilitation skills and de-escalation techniques to help young people in Philadelphia who are injured by violence. Individuals who successfully complete the training will be eligible to work as Community Health Workers and/or Certified Peer Specialists. 

For more information about the training, please contact Casey Chanton at crc72 (at) or 215-762-1170. See application form, detailed fact sheet and flyer attached below. 
The deadline to apply for this training is Friday March 13, 2020. To apply, please send us both your 1) RESUME and 2) APPLICATION FORM by email or regular mail: 
Regular Mail: 
The Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
Community Health Worker Peer (CHWP) Training Academy
Attn.: Casey Chanton, Project Manager
1505 Race St, 6th floor
Philadelphia, Pa, 19102


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