He Empowers Youth with Tools to Turn Their Lives Around, One...

David Southall has served in YAP’s behavioral health programming for nearly 2 years  Roanoke, Va. – Topping the most rewarding experiences of David Southall’s career thus far at Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc., were the past eight months when he empowered a program participant battling depression and suicidal...

Locked Up, then Homeless; Now He’s at the American Express Emerging...

Baltimore – Almost 10 years ago Joel Miller was fresh out of prison, living in his car, showering at the gym, jobless and needed...

They Showed their Town the Beauty of Giving Everyone a Chance...

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month  Lackawanna County, PA -- When 17-year-old Nevaeh began seeing the fruits of her labor in a pre-employment program in Scranton, PA, she took the opportunity to the next level. Nevaeh was...

Lee Jones’ Work Transforms Lives and Public Systems; If You Have a Heart for It, He’s...

Chicago, IL -- Whether he’s in the barbershop or at a Chicago event, Lee Jones is sharing stories about his job. He’s among those...

Emarie’s Tough Girl Rep Seemed Unshakable – Then She Got an Advocate and Changed her Autobiography 

Bagdad, Ariz. -- If someone had told 18-year-old Emarie this time last year that she would be where she is now, she would have highly doubted it.   Emarie will soon head from Bagdad, Arizona to Mesa,...

Monique Cares. She and Her Team are Making a Difference with...

Most young people who’ve received services from Chicago Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. will tell you they have much love and respect for Monique...

He Did Time in Youth Prison, then got Shot in the...

Baltimore – Tumani never thought he would make it to see his 21st birthday. Last year, at age 20, he was almost proved right when...

You Might be Searching for Meaningful Work, but Matthew Powery Has Already Found it 

Dauphin County, PA -- Earlier this year, Dauphin County Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Clinical Supervisor Matthew Powery got a call from the mother of the first child...

After 25 years at YAP, Helping Families is Still Cheryl Hopkins’...

She knows what it’s like to think outside of the box to get families moving in the right direction Bethlehem, Pa. - When YAP Northampton/Lehigh...

Bullies Set Her Back, But Now this 14-year-old is Thriving

Seminole County, Fla. -- Vita looks at her math and science assignment grades and can hardly believe what she sees – 80s and 90s...

Instead of Lockup, Alonzo Got an Advocate and Turned His Life...

Philadelphia – At age 14, he threatened a teacher; but instead of lockup, Alonzo got a personal Advocate. Four years after completing his program at...

New Alternatives to Violence Team Excited to Serve Charlotte’s Beatties Ford...

This weekend, Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc.'s new Alternatives to Violence (ATV) team will be among those at the Charlotte, Mecklenburg County QC Fest. ATV,...

Against Incredible Odds, these Chicago Youth Choose to Change  

Theirs are among too many stories lost in news headlines about gun violence in their neighborhoods. They are young people who are thriving because of their...

In Arizona’s Yavapai County, They’re the Alternative to Youth Incarceration

Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc., partners with the Yavapai County Juvenile Probation Department to provide community-based alternatives to youth incarceration and out-of-home placement. A...

Community-Based Incarceration Alternative Helped Abdul Put His Life on a Positive...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzQXgGXaGCw Abdul just turned 18 and for the first time in a long time sees his life moving in a positive direction. He describes the...

Supported by Chicago Program, Melanie Overcomes Obstacles

Chicago - In high school, Melanie was failing nine credits and felt like graduation was impossible. Approximately two years ago she was in a domestic...

With Support from YAP, 18-Year-Old Raiden Takes Accountability for his Actions and Responsibility for...

Alameda County, Calif. -- By the time Raiden was 15, he’d grown so tired of getting picked on and beat up that he figured...

These Youths Represent the Justice Reform Reflected in the Mural They...

Central, PA-area Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc participants jumped at the opportunity to help artist Aryanna Tischler install a mural designed by Symone Salib...

Emily Offers Hope to Young People Facing Mental Health Challenges

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlQT_nDDtJ8 Emily is one of about 5 million American children of parents who are in jail or prison. When she was eight, being away from...

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),...