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Howie the Harp Advocacy Center

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Where Your Life Informs Your Work

Howie the Harp Advocacy Center (HTH) is a peer-run program that provides employment resources to people with mental health conditions.

The Peer Training Program is our flagship program, designed for people with mental health conditions who wish to use this lived experience to support others seeking recovery services in the mental health care system. Our highly regarded, comprehensive program offers students the opportunity to gain the professional, personal and interpersonal skills that support gainful long-term employment as well as personal wellness.

HTH is firmly committed to the wellbeing and empowerment of our peers. We actively seek students with diverse backgrounds – including people with mental health conditions who also have histories of incarceration, homelessness and/or substance use – as we strive to reflect the needs and experiences of peers who seek various forms of treatment within human services. Our training and supportive services are designed to supplement and complement the invaluable work of peer supporters as part of a recovery team.

Interested in Applying?

Informational Sessions start on July 18, 2014 and are held every Friday after that starting promptly at 12.45pm. (Doors close at 1 p.m.) Sessions last for approximately one hour.
NOTE: Applications for Fall 2014 is now closed. Applications for Spring 2015 are available here.

 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10027

Our Training Program

Our comprehensive training is designed to support students in becoming valuable, competent members of staff as well as beacons of hope and possibility for other’s seeking support in their recovery. Our training focuses on the following core areas of job readiness: personal wellness, interpersonal skills/competencies, peer support skills/competencies and public service systems navigation. Training topics include:

  • Peer Wellness and Coaching (including W.R.A.P.)
  • Cultural Competence
  • Harm Reduction
  • Self Determination
  • Peer Advocacy and Activism
  • Group Facilitation and Leadership Skills
  • Writing for Human Services
  • Resume Writing and Interview Skills
  • Computer Literacy

Students also greatly benefit from the mutual support and camaraderie fostered in the classroom setting. Adult peers of all ages and life experiences learn from each other – affording a rich and rare training experience that nurtures lifelong friendships and a wide network of contacts within Human Services.

Our Impact

  • HTH programs are free and open to mental health consumers in New York City
  • In 20 years, HTH has helped over 1,000 graduates gain the skills and knowledge they need to find meaningful employment at over 400 agencies
  • HTH currently serves over 250 participants every year
  • 90% of our graduates go on to jobs in hospitals, clinics, and prisons, as well as agencies outside of human services
  • Many of our graduates pursue higher education opportunities
  • The Center offers graduates lifetime access to job placement assistance services
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