Drexel University is seeking Philadelphia residents 18-24 who have been impacted by violence to themselves or someone close to them, and want to use their experienced to help others heal.
Drexel’s Community Health Worker/ Certified Peer Specialist Training Academy is a free nine-week, 165-hour dual certification training program for Philadelphia residents age 18-24 who have been impacted by violence to enter healing and helping roles. Training is FREE and PARTICIPANT PAYMENT is provided.
A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of the community. A CHW serves as a bridge between the community, healthcare, and social service systems by doing outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, and/or advocacy.
A Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is a person living with behavioral health challenges who is willing to share their own experiences to support others in their recovery. A CPS supports peers by providing hope, supporting them to achieve their goals, and to move toward a full and meaningful life.
In addition to preparation for the CHW and CPS roles, participants receive training in workforce preparedness, including navigating the job search, professional networking, assistance with resume creation, and mock interviews.