Learning job-seeking skills empowers you to face your challenges–while inspiring others to make healthier choices. Here’s how it happens.
Let a Peer Help You Get Back to Work…and Much More
Imagine you’re going for a job interview at a restaurant in a far-away neighborhood. You’re careful to follow the directions they gave you, but you still get lost. Two people offer help. One’s coming from where you’re headed; the other says he’s only heard of the place.
So who would you choose as your guide?
Alliance Peers know where you’re going—after all, they’ve already been there. Work with them to get where you want to be in managing your chronic illness, addiction or recovery, and work situation. These are people like you: They’ve learned how to cope with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis, get medical care, kick a habit, work with the health and social service systems, and train others in how to look for (and succeed at) a job.
PTI: Where Great Counselors are Created
Our well-respected Peer Training Institute gives these counselors the tools they need to succeed. They’re trained for New York State Peer Certification, take part in workshops on HIV trends and prevention and reducing risks for drug users, and are well schooled in recovery and self-esteem issues, as well as in presentation skills.
Peer Power Puts it All Together
Once they finish their training, PTI graduates can join the Alliance’s Peer Power program, working as Peer Interns supporting you and other Alliance program participants. During their placements, interns can:
- Conduct community outreach to help others initiate and maintain healthy behaviors
- Provide HIV and substance abuse prevention education in drug treatment centers single-room occupancy (SRO) hotels, and public housing projects
- Escort clients to doctors’ appointments
To enroll in a Peer Training program, contact
Jean Pierre-Louis at
(212) 645-0875 x386
Success by the Numbers
In 2016, the Alliance and its counselors reached 14,568 New Yorkers through 958 peer and community outreach events. We gave out more than 40,000 condoms and safer sex kits (yes, 40,000!) to men and women through these efforts.
…and everyone wins!
Becoming a trained peer can be a real road to success. Of the program’s 1,000+ graduates, 75% become Alliance volunteers, peer interns, or actual full-time Alliance employees. Many go on to earn a GED, or go to college.
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