DHS News August 2012
YSP Open House
On August 22, the Youth Support Partners (YSP) Unit held an open house to celebrate their new location at 2801 Liberty Avenue. The gathering was an opportunity for YSP colleagues, partners, funders and friends to meet the YSP staff members; socialize in a friendly, relaxed environment; and tour the space.
“We moved here at the beginning of March, and we are thrilled to be in a space that has helped us create a work environment that matches our culture and community,” said Amanda Hirsh, Youth Support Partner Unit manager. “We have free parking, an open layout with lots of light, a variety of resources, and plenty of space for staff to meet with each other and their youth.”
The Youth Support Partner Unit is comprised of Youth Support Partners (YSP) who are young adults with personal life experience in the juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, drug and alcohol, or intellectual disability child serving systems. The YSPs are trained, coached and supported to become advocates, mentors and professionals working with other youth and young adults currently involved with one or more of the child-serving systems in Allegheny County.
To read recent DHS publications on the YSP unit, please view the report Showing the Way Out: Youth Support Partners Use their Personal Experiences to Support Other Youth or read the IMPACT piece Youth Support Partners (YSP).
For additional information, the YSP unit can be reached at 412-690-6900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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