Building Resilience in Essex Families


Why live and work in Essex County?

It's beautiful. We've got that. Here's what else Essex County has:

A Career in Human Services

But not just any career

A career where you are seen, heard, and valued.

We've Got You.

Education and Training Opportunities

Peer Support Certification​

NYS Peer Networking: New York Peer Workforce Advancement and Mentoring Network.
Essex County Peer Netowking: The Prevention Team hosts monthly meet ups, where those seeking to work in the field of recovery can learn more about the Recovery Peer Advocate Certification process, and those already in the field can network and gain resources. For information, email Casey King at The Prevention Team
In-person Recovery Peer Advocate Certification Courses: The Prevention Team, with Hudson Mohawk AHEC and ASAP NY, hosts in-person local CRPA classes, to certify individuals looking to become Certified Recovery Peer Advocates. Scholarship funding is available to qualified eligible participants. For information, email Casey King at The Prevention Team
NY Recovery Peer Advocate Certification
NY Youth Peer Advocate Training
NY Peer Specialist Certification Board
NY Family Peer Advocate Credential
NY Junior Youth Peer Advocate Training program is a 5-week training for high school students (grades 9 – 12).

Mentorships, Internships, and Volunteer Opportunities

Local Career Mentors

Human Library of Local Career Mentors! The Westport NY Public Library has created a database of career mentors. Accessible at Boquet Valley Schools and the Westport Library. Meet with your guidance counselor or library personnel to search the database, and they will connect you with a career mentor that meets your interests
Career mentors can meet with you in-person or virtually to discuss career options and goals. There are also opportunities for job shadowing, summer jobs, and internships. To learn more, visit or call the Westport Public Library.

BRIEF Coalition Young Adult and Family Member Representatives

Apply to be a BRIEF Coalition Young Adult and Family Member Representative. Compensation is available for Representatives with lived experience. Help build a system that cares.

Degrees and Certificates

Child and Family Services; Human Services; Chemical Dependency Counseling; Community Residence Aide Certification

Employment Services and Job Supports

Other Resources

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