EMPOWERMENT RECOVERY ACADEMY (ERA)
If you’re goal oriented and eager to develop new leadership skills but have felt discouraged by or under-served in traditional classrooms and youth-serving systems; the Empowerment Recovery Academy (ERA) might be the right place for you. ERA is an intensive 21-week course designed to build on strengths and teach young adults (ages 14-21) to empower themselves and become leaders in their lives and communities.
ERA is a 21 WEEK COURSE that IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SEASONS:
RESILIENCY CORE SKILLS
As a part of ERA, you will have fun while learning skills to handle life's challenges, lead under pressure, and champion change. We pride ourselves on maintaining an optimal learning environment for all youth and young adults. This means that our spaces are safe, inclusive, and welcoming to people of all backgrounds and experiences. All groups are collaborative; they utilize Youth ERA staff as facilitators but are led primarily by youth and young adult participants.
empowerment recovery academY FAQ
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE A PART OF ERA?
Youth ERA programs are available to youth and young adults ages 14-21 and are provided to approved applicants free of cost.
WHERE IS ERA OFFERED?
ERA is currently offered in four Oregon counties: Clackamas County, Jackson County, Lane County, Marion and Polk County.
WHEN AND WHERE IS ERA HELD?
ERA groups meet for two hours once a week for 21 weeks. The facilitator decides the time and location in collaboration with those enrolled. Facilitators may choose to hold ERA groups at the local drop-in center, but special excursions may take place at other venues.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I NEED TRANSPORTATION TO ERA MEETINGS?
Let your ERA facilitator know that you need transportation and they can help you come up with options.
IS FOOD PROVIDED?
Yes, we love food and always provide snacks and drinks to keep you energized.
WHEN DO I NEED TO ENROLL BY?
We encourage anyone who wants to be a part of ERA to submit an application: no matter what time. Dependent on our assessment of your application (your readiness, potential to commit, etc.) we can explore options to place you in a current or a future ERA group.
WILL PEER SUPPORT BE OFFERED?
All Youth ERA programs feature peer support as part of the experience; all ERA facilitators are trained Youth Peer Support Specialists.
I AM INTERESTED IN JOINING ERA, WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
If you are interested in becoming a part of ERA, click here and submit your application.