Division of Disability and Health Policy

Peer & Family Program for Youth in Transition

Laurel Deans (left) and Tanisha Gallegos (right), both members of the New Mexico Young Disability Leaders and certified Peer Mentors for Youth in Transition

One of the most important supports available to youth in transition from high school to adult life, their family members or caregivers, is support from people who have had similar experiences and shared the transition journey through health, education and employment.

The New Mexico Young Disability Leaders (NMYDL) work with individuals and groups who want to strengthen their ability to provide effective peer and family support, providing training, technical assistance and resources.

By providing support, guidance and by sharing real-world experiences with youth seeking advice, those who are living well after transition can help to answer questions and find solutions to life's common challenges through confidential discussions.

The New Mexico Young Disability Leaders developed a training and certification program that is offered at locations throughout New Mexico. As part of the training process, prospective peer mentors must complete a series of on-line modules and pass a competency assessment before completing an on-site training session.

For more information about the NMYDL Peer and Family Support Program, contact Barbara Ibanez bibanez@salud.unm.edu.

There are two steps to apply to be a peer mentor:

1) Download and complete Background Check Form and follow the instructions on the form to Mail, Fax or Scan and email it to Barbara Ibanez

2) Apply on-line at the New Mexico Young Disability Leaders Mentor Management website.


Apply to be a Certified Peer Mentor for the New Mexico Youth in Transition



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This project is funded by the New Mexico Department of Health through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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