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...

Empowered with Life Skills, Chris Supports Himself and Others through the...

With the increased risk of COVID-19 infections for individuals in congregate living, Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. strengthens its advocacy for community-based youth and...

Donated Laptops Help Youths Succeed in Community-Based Alternative to Out-of-Home Placement

Newark, NJ -- Curtis Moore and his colleagues jumped into action in March when COVID-19 put their resilience to the test. Curtis is a...

With Support from his Advocate, this 17-Year-Old is Safely Home, Loving...

With conviction and a slight smile, 17-year-old Malachi posed for a press photographer as he held a cardboard handwritten Black Lives Matter sign. He...

Travontay Says He’s an Example that Communities Can Be their Own...

Seventeen-year-old Travontay proudly steps to the microphone at a Black Lives Matter rally in Lyons, NY. With a population of under 5,700 where everyone...

A Timely Report: National Human Services Assembly’s Roadmap for Reforming Youth...

by Jeff Fleischer, Youth Advocate Programs CEO/National Human Services Assembly Chair The National Human Services Assembly (NHSA), in light of the George Floyd killing and...

Advocating for Youth and Helping Neighbors Unite at Juneteenth Black Lives...

Story by Dan Durocher, Lakeshore News: Reprinted with permission from Lakeshore News, WAYUGA Printing & Publishing

A Childhood Story Helped this Advocate Encourage and Engage Youth Through...

In a recent teleconference, Sarah Gross focuses on her origami, an ancient Japanese practice of shaping paper into art. On the other end of...