Women’s Café Guest A. Toni Young to Share How Owning Your...

By owning her power, A. Toni Young is reducing healthcare disparities for hard-to-reach populations. As guest of honor for a Youth Advocate Programs (YAP),...

How a Man’s Helper Became His Hero

Farrell, PA -- David Quinby, who goes by Quinn, wants the world to know that an employee at a nonprofit known for giving young people second and third chances has done all that and more...

Advocates Fight for Bill Moving Money from Youth Prisons to New...

Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. has joined fellow advocates encouraging New Jersey lawmakers to establish a two-year pilot program to transform the state’s youth...

That Day the Nine-Year-Old Got Pepper Sprayed, Rochester Police Responded to...

On Friday, Jan. 29, just about the time a nine-year-old girl was arrested, handcuffed and pepper sprayed, the Rochester Police Department got another call...

It Takes a Village to Transform Youth Justice and Child Welfare...

It's February... and students at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, TX, are still receiving holiday gift thank you cards from moms,...

With Support from His Youth Advocate, Ayden Redirects His Life Journey

Written by Yavapai County (AZ) Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Advocate Daniel Nash. YAP partners with youth justice and child welfare systems to serve...

Care Packages Coming to NJ Youth Released Under Emergency Public Health...

Some young people coming home from youth prisons under New Jersey’s new COVID-19 public health emergency law will get care packages from Youth Advocate...

Special Delivery Helps Keep Families Safely Home This Thanksgiving

Some Central PA families will be safely home and eating well this Thanksgiving thanks to a special delivery from some Youth Advocate Programs (YAP),...

She Thanks Her Youth Advocate for Believing in Her and Empowering...

By her 13th birthday, Destany had been in multiple foster homes, experienced sexual assault, and was convinced most adults are not to be trusted. Today,...

Even in 2020, Youth are Conquering Complex Challenges

Las Vegas-based Clark County Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Program Director Nyeri Richards asked her colleagues and some of the young people they serve...

These Leaders are Disrupting Systems that Disproportionately Harm Black, Brown and...

See an excerpt from a unique virtual event featuring leaders and activists working with restorative practices and gang-involved individuals to disrupt youth incarceration and...

Philadelphia Tribune to Honor YAP Board Chair Lynette M. Brown-Sow

The Philadelphia Tribune has named Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Board of Directors Chair Lynette M. Brown-Sow one of 2020’s Most Influential African Americans....

Virtual Presentation to Feature Leaders Who are Disrupting Youth Incarceration and...

A virtual presentation will highlight how restorative practices, gang-involved individuals, and innovative readiness programs are disrupting youth incarceration and reforming systems that disproportionately harm...

Testimony Highlights How Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Serves as an...

On Sept. 30, 2020, Randall Sims, Regional Director, Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc., testified before the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Task Force.  Governor Tom Wolf,...

‘Please Don’t Take This Program Away’ — Erica’s Appeal to Lawmakers...

When 26-year-old Erica heard that proposed cuts by New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) will keep nearly one thousand youth from services...

Challenge Opens Opportunity for Young Artist

Kiara, a 15-year-old Lebanon County, PA high school student, begins her sophomore semester with a new appreciation for her passion, gifts and talents. She's...

Nearly 1000 New Jersey Youth Face Losing Services that Keep them...

About four years ago, Robin, a then 39-year-old Atlantic County, NJ single mother of nine children, found herself overwhelmed. “I was in a domestic relationship...

Advocates Share How They’re Transforming Policing and Youth Justice Systems

Advocates transforming policing and youth justice systems in their communities shared their experiences with nearly 300 participants in a national virtual symposium. Moderated by Youth...

New Virtual Series to Highlight Justice System and Policing Alternatives

A virtual three-part national symposium will present alternatives to the kinds of traditional policing, probation, placement, and parole approaches that have perpetuated systemic injustice. On...

New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund Supports Work that Keeps Families Together

  By Jasmine H. More, Youth Advocate Programs Development Coordinator, Private Sector Giving  A $75,000 grant from the New Jersey Pandemic Relief fund is bolstering much...