He Did 10 years in Prison for Possessing a Half Gram...

Wayne County, NY -- Three years out of prison and fresh off parole, James Schuler was making money fixing cars in 2012 when someone...

Carmen Ziers Leads a Special Team of Therapists Giving Diverse Youth...

Orlando, Florida -- Carmen Ziers looks back to her childhood in Punto Fijo, a small community in Venezuela, and chuckles thinking of how her...

Youth Justice Program Participants Help Restore Native Fort Worth Prairie

A group of Tarrant County youths, some home from youth justice facilities and others receiving community-based services as an alternative – spent last week...

Growing up In Foster Care, Sylvia only saw her weaknesses. With...

Providence, RI -- At age 22, after her recent emancipation from foster care, Sylvia is determined and finally feels equipped to pursue a future...

To be Continued: William Cameron’s Compassion and Commitment to Empowering Youth,...

Charleston, S.C. – When William Cameron joined Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. more than 15 years ago, he was looking for a job with sustainable outcomes that addressed...

Washington Heights Meets New Violence Interruption Team at Community Resource Fair

Chicago – Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. introduced its new Washington Heights Violence Interruption Program during a Community Resource and Vendor Fair on April...

Jaylyn, 16, Says Growing Up Wasn’t Easy. Then She Got an...

Shonda vividly remembers when she met Jaylyn.   “Jaylyn was one of four girls my mom was fostering. I would go to the house to help...

In a New Youth Advocate Programs PSA, Gavin, who has Autism,...

Lebanon County, PA -- Deanna was working at Lebanon County Department of Human Services (DHS) when she learned that Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc....

What Started as Outreach Support Inspired this 15-Year-old to Launch Glossy...

Newark, N.J. –  As 15-year-old Samaya shares stories of mixing oils, scents, and pigments, to create her Glossy Babe lip gloss line, her mother Alfreda Williams, feels proud....

With Support from YAP and a New Kitten, Kevin is Turning...

Submitted by: Courtney Reimann with Audrey Waterman, and Patti Brown Kevin has come a long way in the past ten years, now living safely at...

YAP’s Wraparound Services Help Pennsylvania Girls Gain Confidence Through Acting

Lebanon, Pa. –  On any given Thursday afternoon, Dee Cook is busy picking up youths to take them to Girl’s Circle, an empowerment activity...

LaVerne Browne Retired as a Chicago Public School Teacher. Now She’s Back...

Chicago, IL -- A year after retiring as a Chicago Public School (CPS) teacher, Laverne Browne is back on campus, this time at Ombudsman...

This Unique National Training Gave Violence Interrupters New Job Skills to...

Baltimore, MD – This month, violence interrupters from cities across the U.S. gathered in Baltimore for unique hands-on training (HOT) classes.  The trainees are employees...

After Decades in Prison, These Men are Co-leaders of a Trauma-Centered...

A year after serving more than three decades in prison, Roland Jeter El knows he can’t make up for past mistakes or the time...

She Struggled with School Truancy; Now She’s Excelling in College

Kingston, N.Y. – Skipping school and being on probation is why Alexis was referred to Ulster County’s Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. when she...

For Jose, a Trip to the Laundromat is No Ordinary Chore

Lebanon County, PA – For Jose, weekly visits to the laundromat are no ordinary chore. It’s something he does with his Developmental Disabilities Services...

ATV Team Meets, Greets Beatties Ford Road Corridor-Area Neighbors

Charlotte, N.C. – The Alternatives to Violence team held its first ‘Meet and Greet’ community event of the year recently on the Charlotte, N.C....

Baltimore Penn North Neighborhood Adults Team Up to Help Youth Take...

Baltimore, MD -- Members of Baltimore's Coach G Academy Fatal Attraction Step team took time from their busy week to say thank you to...

Wanting to Make a Difference, Calvin Price Becomes an Advocate with...

Nashville, Tenn. – Knowing the importance of having a father figure in a child’s life and reading about the need for positive male role...

Dallas Cred Team Participates in Food Drive

The Dallas Cred team and volunteers affectionately referred to as the "InCREDibles," distributed food to 185 households and approximately 750 individuals in the community...