Abriana is sticking to her plan of learning from the mistakes of her past and taking steps towards a positive future.
When the 15-year-old met with TheNeighborhoodAdvocate.org in November, she said since participating in Los Angeles Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc., she went from expecting to grow up to be a “low-life” to having goals of being helpful to her family and going to college. YAP is an alternative to youth incarceration and out-of-home placement.
Los Angeles YAP Program Director Brandon Lamar, whose Watts office is a few blocks from Abriana’s home, reports she’s still on track and doing well. “She’s excelling in all her classes,” Lamar said, adding that by participating in YAP, Abriana was also able to get off probation early.