Survivors to Leaders

Day One New York works to end dating abuse and domestic violence by providing education, counseling, legal, and social services to New York City youth ages 24 and under.

Day One wants to improve the social services component of its program. The number of Day One’s clients who need access to public services such as housing and food assistance has increased significantly. Day One does not have an efficient mechanism in place to help its participants navigate the complicated processes of city agencies. Day One wants to train members of its Youth Voices Network—survivors of abuse and violence who have successfully participated in Day One’s programs—to be peer advocates for current clients. These advocates already have experience dealing with City agencies; they will be trained as effective communicators and to respect the client’s confidentiality. The advocates will accompany clients to different agencies when they are in the process of obtaining public benefits.

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