Familylinks Fellows

Education | Training | Employment

Looking for a career in human services? 

Program Overview

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) provide services to at-risk populations and are a great way to start a career in human services. This 4-week, 80-hour program provides an orientation to Familylinks, training on the core skills to become a DSP, and provide an introduction to mental health and other topics for serving children and youth. Participants will receive classroom training in East Liberty and hands-on training at Familylinks’ program sites throughout Allegheny County.

Program participants will be considered temporary, part-time employees of Familylinks and paid at $15/hour during the program.

Successful participants will have the opportunity to transition to permanent part- or full-time employment in an open DSP position at $16/hour upon completion of the program.


All participants must complete the required pre-employment screens (including Act 33/34/FBI clearances, physical, and drug screen) prior to beginning the program.


The summer session will begin on July 31, 2023 and end on August 25, 2023. 

If you are interested in learning more, please email [email protected] or call 412-942-0538.