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Steven Johnson’s Community Violence Intervention Work is Personal

Baltimore, MD -- When Steven Johnson saw a job ad for Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Baltimore Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS)...

‘If I Can Do it, So Can You’ — LaShawn Jenkins...

Chicago, IL -- At age 27, LaShawn Jenkins knows all too well the unique value she brings to her work and the...

With Tools from His YAP Advocate, Shamarion is Taking Steps Towards...

At age 16, Shamarion has begun to recognize and appreciate his strengths - that he's smart, respectful, cares about his mother, and...

Overcoming his own struggles, New Harrisburg YAP Director Helps Others Tackle...

Harrisburg, Pa. – Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Dauphin County Community Treatment Center (CTC) Director Craig Gittens connects with young people before...

YAP Roanoke’s Youth and Families Receive Holiday Gifts Thanks to Omega...

Roanoke, Va. – Program participants of Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Roanoke received holiday toys and essential items, thanks to the generosity of the...

They Missed Prom; So YAP Chicago’s Back to Our Future Program...

Chicago, Ill. – Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. hosted a Thanksgiving Sneaker Ball that allowed its Back to Our Future program participants and their families to...

YAP Washington Heights Violence Interruption Team Distributed Thanksgiving Turkeys to Families...

Chicago, Ill. -- Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc’s Chicago Washington Heights Violence Interruption team members added Thanksgiving turkeys to the many services they provide to...

Empowered by His Advocate, Kevin is Paving the Road Towards a...

Los Angeles - At age 18, Kevin’s best memories of his childhood were before his 14th birthday. He played and was good at just...

YAP’s Making Social Change Happen Awards: Recognizing Positive Change

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services Secretary Vincent N. Schiraldi and Maryland Department of Human Services Secretary Rafael López joined Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. to honor...

YAP Roanoke, Virginia Staff Now Certified in Trauma Training to Help...

Roanoke, Va. – After eight months, three staff from Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Roanoke Valley, Va., completed certification in professional development and youth...

Celebrating New Beginnings 

Brenda C. Siler, Contributing Writer  Joy was in the air as the Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. recognized program participants in the national nonprofit's Washington, DC/Maryland region for successfully completing milestones...

YAP’s Making Social Change Happen Awards: Recognizing People Putting their Lives on...

See additional photo albums below. (Photos courtesy Keystone Productions) Maryland Department of Juvenile Services Secretary Vincent N. Schiraldi and Maryland Department of Human Services Secretary...

YAP Hartford Credible Messenger Program Leads from the Heart

Hartford, Conn. – Tired of seeing children of color being misdiagnosed and misunderstood on what triggers certain behaviors is what spearheaded Veronica Maldonado’s life...

A Year Ago, They Were Not in School; Then the ‘Back...

Chicago Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. staff members recently celebrated with the first young people to complete Chicago Public Schools (CPS)’ Back to Our...

YAP Charlotte Alternatives to Violence Team Visits Former Program Participant in...

Charlotte, N.C. – Members of Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Alternatives to Violence Beatties Ford Road team recently returned from Buffalo, N.Y. where they...