Youth ERA turns innovative solutions into positive community outcomes.The following programs, models, and services go beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change in communities, systems, and the lives of thousands of young adults.



The Drop Model enables us to create safe, welcoming, and inclusive drop-in center spaces where youth can receive peer support, gain leadership skills, meet new people, and achieve their goals. set goals, The Model is based on the Headspace model and enhanced by our integration of Positive Youth Development.


crisis response

Our Crisis Response team has responded to more instances of school violence than any other youth-serving organization in the world. Our specially trained staff utilize a trauma-informed and stigma-aware approach to provide relief for students recovering from school-based trauma.


youth program builder

Youth Program Builder enables us to consult and provide training for youth-serving groups, organizations, and agencies across the country. Our staff have extensive experience building, improving, and running youth services, making them invaluable resources for new and evolving youth/young adult service providers.


leadership groups

In our Leadership Groups, we utilize the Empowerment Recovery Academy (ERA), an intensive 21-week course designed to build on existing strengths and teach young adults to empower themselves and become leaders in their lives and communities.

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peer intercept program

The Peer Intercept Program (PiP) utilizes advanced rapport-building techniques to work with youth who have been neglected by traditional systems and are in serious danger of succumbing to suicide.


youth wraparound

Youth ERA maintains the largest team of Wraparound Youth Partners in the country. Our Wraparound staff utilize replicable and proven tools to empower youth and their families to use their voices and achieve great results in the Wraparound process.





Our Youth Peer Support Specialist training, PeerPlus, is a forty-hour Oregon Health Authority approved training for peer support specialists specifically tailored to fit the needs of youth/young adult peer support providers. This training enables peer support providers to register with the state as certified peer support specialists. This training provides a well-rounded, uniform base of knowledge and covers a variety of support methods centered on the lived experiences of the peer. 

Training topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Youth engagement
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Person-centered planning
  • Confidentiality
  • Mandatory reporting
  • Grief
  • Suicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • History of the peer movement
  • Development of the peer profession
  • Youth developmental assets
  • Ethics and boundaries

PeerPlus is largely an instructor­lead training that includes powerpoint ­based instruction, videos, facilitator storytelling, group discussions, and role-playing. The training emphasizes the value of participant experience and encourages participants to share their stories and ideas during the training.


FEBRUARY 5 - 9, 2018

WHEN: 9 TO 5 PM | WHERE: Salem, Oregon (Training Facility TBA)

APRIL 9 - 13, 2018

WHEN: 9 TO 5 PM | WHERE: Eugene, Oregon (Training Facility TBA)