Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is the mission of Young People in Recovery?

Young People in Recovery (YPR) provides the training and networks all individuals, families, and communities need to recover and maximize their full potential. YPR accomplishes this through chapters, programs and advocacy efforts.


  1. Why are you called Young People in Recovery?

YPR was founded in 2010 by a group of young people (aged 18-30) in recovery who wanted to help others. Our programs were designed for young people but serve individuals of every age. YPR chapters are usually led by a young person in recovery but older individuals in recovery, family members of young people in recovery, and others who care about these issues have also started chapters in their communities and are encouraged to get involved.


3. What is a recovery-ready community?

  1. Simply put, a community that is recovery-ready provides the entire continuum of support to those in, or seeking, recovery. This means everything along the continuum from prevention programs, access to a collegiate recovery program, access to diversionary/drug courts, access to evidence-based treatment that embraces all pathways (abstinence-based, harm-reduction, medication-assisted, etc.), and access to recovery support services after treatment.


  1. 4. Do you provide treatment?

No, we provide what are known as peer recovery services. We advocate for improved access to prevention, treatment, housing, education and employment for individuals in recovery because these are the factors most important in sustaining long-term recovery.


5. What does YPR do?

Our work falls into three major areas of focus. The first is chapters. These are volunteer-led and made up mostly of young people in recovery helping other young people in recovery. The second is life skills curriculums for individuals in or seeking recovery. The third is advocacy. 


6. What do YPR chapters do?

YPR chapters are local groups made up of volunteers that host free workshops in their communities focusing on housing, education, employment and recovery messaging, which means how you talk about your recovery to break the stigma around substance use disorder. YPR chapters also host activities like all-recovery meetings, athletic events, community service projects, and other substance-free activities where young people in recovery can get together and just have fun and meet other young people who are also in recovery. Finally, they also advocate for more recovery resources on the local, state and national levels.


7. How many YPR chapters are there?

Currently, YPR operates approximately 41 chapters in 14 states.


8. What are YPR life skills programs?

YPR life skills programs are peer-led and educate individuals in treatment for substance use disorder and others exiting the criminal justice system with substance use disorders on topics such as financial literacy, employment, how to get a GED, go to college or vocational school, and leadership development.


9. What kind of advocacy does YPR do?

YPR advocates for increased access to resources for communities to become recovery-ready and to reduce stigma by mobilizing and organizing young people, their friends, families and allies. YPR mobilizes their network via social media and monthly email distributions to keep everyone informed and leverage opportunities for action. For more information on our advocacy history and current initiatives click here!


10. What is YPR’s annual budget?

YPR’s operating budget for 2018 is just over $1.2 million. If you’d like to learn more about YPR’s finances, please see our annual report, click here.


11. How is YPR funded?

The vast majority of our unrestricted donations come from foundations such as the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and others that work in the substance use field such as private family foundations and some corporate philanthropy programs. Our restricted funding for program operations comes mostly from states and other government entities. We look forward to expanding our individual fundraising efforts to include public campaigns like the kind you see for the American Cancer Society or other health organizations in the years to come. If you’d like to learn more, please click here to see a list of our current funders.


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YPR is a registered 501c3 organization 

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