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.