Family & Youth Peer Support

Building trusted relationships to navigate NYC social services systems


Call: 646-574-7680 

Navigating city and state systems to access needed government assistance or avoid legal jeopardy can be very challenging. People who have personal experience with these bureaucracies – including the juvenile justice system, the health care and mental health care systems, the child welfare system, the immigration system, and NYC schools ¬– have valuable wisdom and expertise to share with people who are encountering them for the first time.

Our Family and Youth Peer Support (FYPS) program supports and empowers young people (ages 0 – 24 years old) and their parents and caregivers in Manhattan who are navigating New York’s social safety net for support with social, emotional, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges, strategically pairing people and families with family and youth advocates who have lived experience with these systems.

FYPS provides 6 core services:

Services are free and are available in English and Spanish.

University Settlement is contracted by New York City’s Department of Health & Mental Hygiene as the sole provider of FYPS services in Manhattan.

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