The International Association of Peer Supporters is seeking proposals from Youth and Young Adult presenters for the 12th annual international peer support conference.

 Reinforcing our Roots: Designing Our Future is the theme of this year's conference, and we’re looking to center the voices of individuals who are Designing Our Future. We are looking for presentations that center voices of Youth and Young Adults on topics related to Peer Support, Innovative Programming, Justice and Wellness, and Leadership.

While not exhaustive, suggested areas of interest include: philosophical challenges for the peer support provider and employing entity, supervision, inclusion/diversity, ethics, innovative programming, research, starting a new peer program, using the arts, and expanding venues for peer support.

We are always seeking diverse experiences and fresh ideas that incorporate concepts of intersectionality and wholehearted living.

We are actively and intentionally working on making iNAPS a more inclusive and safe space for individuals who have historically been marginalized from this space and other spaces. One way that iNAPS is working on this inclusivity is by developing committees to focus on these marginalized groups.

Recently, the iNAPS  Youth and Young Adult Peer Support (YAYAPS) Committee has decided to offer leadership and workshop development technical assistance to anyone who is interested in presenting a workshop, but would like some support in the development and planning. We recognize that for some people being a first time presenter can be a little overwhelming. Therefor, as many of the YAYAPS committee members have experience with presenting conference workshops, we would love to offer 1:1 support to new workshop presenters who would like some mentoring in workshop development. If this is something that you are interested in, please contact Amey Dettmer and Ahmad Abojaradeh, the YAYAPS co-chairs, at [email protected] and  [email protected].