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What are YPR chapters?

YPR is a national recovery support service organization made up of chapters focused on peer-to-peer services for young people in, or seeking recovery. YPR chapters engage in advocacy at the local, state and federal levels to improve access to resources such as treatment, education, employment and housing. We do this by creating a national network of young people in recovery, their families and friends. YPR empowers young people to get involved in their communities by providing them with the tools and support that will allow them to take charge of their futures. 

How much do you charge for your services?

All of the services provided by our chapters, including All-recovery meetings, Pro-social events, and educational Workshops are offered at no cost to the communities we serve. Our work is done by a national network of young people in recovery, their friends and family members. In addition to our chapter activities, YPR offers life skills curriculum through our My Recovery is EPIC and Phoenix programs. These programs are licensed to treatment centers and criminal justice agencies for a fee to operate which is determined based on the need from partners. YPR maintains a full-time staff as well as employs part time staff to operate  our national chapter network. In order to keep our services free to those who need them, our national organization seeks general operating support in the form of donations from the general public, foundations, corporations and government funders on an ongoing basis.

What do YPR chapters actually do?

Each chapter offers an exciting calendar of social activities, advocacy events, public outreach, education programming and more. Every member is also exposed to the latest information as it relates to grassroot community organizing, leadership development, advocacy, volunteer management and recruitment, fundraising, public policy, and media messaging. Onboarding, training, supervision and program evaluation is provided in person and online by full-time YPR staff. Chapter leads also attend in-person training at the annual national leadership conference.

Does YPR advocate any specific treatment plan or 12-step program?

No, we embrace all pathways to recovery. You do not have to be in a 12-step program to be part of YPR. How you choose to pursue your own recovery is your business and we support your right to recover in whatever way is best for you.

Do you have to be a young person to be involved with YPR?

While most of our members are under the age of 30, there is no age limit to becoming involved with YPR. All we ask is that you are interested in supporting our cause and mission.

Will YPR work with other organizations in my community?

Yes! YPR seeks to collaborate with other community resources serving young people in recovery such as treatment providers; healthcare organizations and hospitals; drug courts and diversion programs; employers and local businesses; school districts, colleges, and universities; as well as social service and community groups.

  • Application

    Want to start a new YPR chapter? Please fill out and submit the application below. Our team will carefully review each submission and conduct an interview with each applicant to make sure it’s a good fit. Upon approval, our staff will guide you through an orientation and training process so that you can hit the ground running!
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  • Commitment

    Volunteers are expected to host bi-weekly All-Recovery Meetings, attend weekly Chapter Calls, and quarterly hosting either a workshop, pro-social, or advocacy event.
  • Support

    Starting a chapter is a serious commitment. Please list the names and emails of two people who are willing to start the chapter with you.