Youth Peer Mentoring

VR Youth Peer Mentoring is time-limited, self-advocacy training service where a Mentor/peer who is close in age (within approximately 6 years) teaches the youth through a one-on-one mentoring relationship how to self-advocate for community, social and professional services and supports.

VR Transition Youth Services help students with disabilities train for a job, continue their education, or find a job after high school. Under this program, every youth will have the opportunity to participate in sponsored career counseling, work readiness training, and fully integrated work experiences in the community. These services are delivered while youth are still in high school and establish the foundation for a seamless transition to individualized training, education, and employment.

What will the Mentor and Youth do?

At the beginning of this service, the Mentor provides a lot of support, showing the youth how to connect with and then engage in services and networks that will benefit them now and in the future. The Mentor gradually passes more of the responsibility to the youth until he or she feels confident enough to perform independently. By the end of this service, the youth increase in their self-determination and self-advocacy skills and are more able to independently seek out and participate in community-based, social and professional groups. This service typically lasts for 4-6 months.

What will the Mentor and Youth not do?

VR Youth Peer Mentoring is unlike other mentoring programs which may be familiar, such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. The VR Mentor is not allowed to participate in purely recreational activities with the youth with the sole aim of companionship. Mentors are not allowed to transport youth, take them out to eat, take them to the movies, "hang out", etc. Although the Mentor will establish a friendly relationship with the youth, the Mentor's focus is on teaching the youth how to independently acquire services and supports and become socially engaged in their community. If a Mentor who offers companionship is something the youth desires, the VR Youth Peer Mentor can help the youth seek and acquire services from other mentoring agencies that deliver that type of service.

Who can receive this service?

Youth who are VR eligible customers and are 14-24 years old may receive this service. This service is not available to students referred to VR only for
Pre-Employment Transition Services, using the STAR system.

How can a youth receive this service?

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Youth Peer Mentoring (YPM) Providers

Only VR registered Employment Services providers may offer this service. Learn how to become a Youth Peer Mentoring service provider by viewing the resources below.

YPM Provider Training Requirements

There are two roles associated with the delivery of this service: Coordinator and Mentor. Providers may need to hire individuals who meet the Mentor requirements, to serve as the Mentor. Existing staff (e.g. Employment Specialist) may serve as the Coordinator.
The Coordinator and Mentors must complete the following training.

Coordinator Training Fee Mentor Training Fee
  • VR Process Training (5 Modules)
  • VR Process Training Post Assessments (5)
  • Policy Works - Online Mentor Training (20 hrs.)
  • Policy Works - Onsite Coordinator Training and Field Assignment (5 hrs.)
  • Policy Works - Online Mentor Training (20 hrs.)

1. VR-Process Training

Module Post Assessment
Module 1 - Youth Peer Mentoring as a Self-Advocacy Service Test 1
Module 2 - Provider Requirements Test 2
Module 3 - Referrals Test 3
Module 4 - Delivering Services Test 4
Module 5 - Deliverables and Payment Test 5

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

2. On-site Coordinator Training

Coordinators must attend one on-site training with Policy Works and complete a field assignment. The training schedule will be updated routinely.

IMPORTANT! This service opportunity is open to existing VR Employment Service Providers, only. Your status as a VR Employment Services Provider will be verified before you will be allowed to register for Youth Peer Mentor Coordinator training. Employment Specialists who want to participate in training, but are not currently registered as an Employment Specialist with the VR Provider Agency for which they work, must complete the VR registration process before they will be allowed to attend Coordinator training. This process may take up to 21 days to complete which may impact your ability to attend a scheduled training.

The next scheduled Onsite Coordinator Training opportunities are:

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST

Date Location Time (EST) Onsite Contact Person
3/25/2019 3191 Maguire Blvd., Suite 249
Orlando, FL 32803
10 AM to 3 PM Nancy Pritchard
3/26/2019 2050 Art Museum Drive, Suite 205
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
10 AM to 3 PM Donna Beauford
3/27/2019 Betty Easley Conference Center
4075 Esplanade Way, Room 171
Tallahassee, FL 32399
10 AM to 3 PM Mary Earnhart
3/29/2019 5835 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 101
Miami, FL 33126
10 AM to 3 PM Tanya Acevedo

Pre-Registration: Complete the Pre-Registration form to express your intent to attend the Coordinator Training of your choice. Upon verification of your ES Provider status, you will receive an email with instructions for paying the training fee ($300) and completing your registration with Policy Works.

These are the last free training sessions. Fees will resume in 2019.

3. Online Mentor Training

Coordinators will receive the link to access the Online Mentor Training Module when they attend the Onsite Coordinator Training.

To request the training access link for a newly hired Mentor, email the Mentor's full name and email address to Dawn Hicks at or call at (954)-707-0958.

Provider Registration

Upon verification that the provider has completed all of the training requirements outlined above, the VR Vendor Registration Office will email the Youth Peer Mentoring provider application to the provider. Instructions on how to complete the Level II background screening process will follow.

Community of Practice - Technical Assistance (TA) Conference Calls

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month (unless scheduling changes are needed), Policy Works will host a technical assistance conference call for Peer Coordinators to ask questions and share lessons learned with their peers to improve delivery of this service. Facilitators will include Barbara Butz, Dawn Hicks and Steven Allen with Policy Works, and Carmen Dupoint with VR. These calls are delivered using a GoToTraining webinar platform. Audio will be available through your computer speakers or telephone. If visuals are shared during a call you will need access to a computer to view them. If you will require CART services, please email no later than 10 calendar days prior to the event. You must register using the links below to gain access to the webinar.

Date Time Registration Link
1/16/2019 1:00-2:00 PM EST
2/20/2019 1:00-2:00 PM EST
3/20/2019 1:00-2:00 PM EST
4/17/2019 1:00-2:00 PM EST
5/15/2019 1:00-2:00 PM EST
6/19/2019 1:00-2:00 PM EST
7/17/2019 1:00-2:00 PM EST
8/21/2019 1:00-2:00 PM EST
9/18/2019 1:00-2:00 PM EST
10/16/2019 1:00-2:00 PM EST
11/20/2019 1:00-2:00 PM EST
12/18/2019 1:00-2:00 PM EST

Please complete our evaluation survey to let us know how to better serve you on these technical assistance calls:

Youth Peer Mentoring Service Fee Schedule and Deliverables

(Click the link to download template)
Plan and Mentor Assignment $600
Monthly Activities Report $16.50/hour
Final Report and Customer Survey $750

Contact Us

If you have additional questions regarding Youth Peer Mentoring, contact the
VR Transition Team at

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