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With Help from Youth Advocate Programs (YAP™), Inc., Julia Gained Confidence, Connections, and a New...

Fort Worth, Texas – Julia says she has blossomed since becoming a participant with Youth Advocate Programs (YAP™), Inc. in Tarrant County, Texas about five years ago. YAP is a national nonprofit in 36 states and...

Her YAP Advocate Was her ‘Angel,’ Never Letting Her Down

Roanoke, Va.– At age 15, Brooklyn was referred to Youth Advocate Programs (YAP™), Inc. after being released from a residential care facility and placed in foster care. She was hurt, depressed and...

Part II: The America I Thought I knew By Watching Movies, Versus My Perception...

By Jacob Ngor Khot Garang I am sharing my second story of personal experience with traveling to America for the first time to participate in the Community Engagement Exchange which provides...

Youth Advocate Programs , Inc. (YAP™) Empowered Kwasi Amponsa with Tools to Turn His...

Charlotte, N.C. – At age 15, Kwasi Amponsa was in big trouble. His mom and stepdad at the time found drug paraphernalia in his closet. For them, it was the last straw.

YAP Scholarship Helps Systems-Involved Youth and Families Pursue Higher Education and Job Training

Las Vegas, Nev. – Aaliyah’s matriculation at the College of Southern Nevada will be a little easier financially because of Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP™) Tom Jeffers Endowment Fund for Continuing Education.

Advocating for Youth and Families is Latoya Rivers’ Purpose

Charleston, S.C. – Since retiring from the Army, North Charleston native Latoya Rivers has helped youth stay safe and away from violent behaviors. As Site Supervisor of Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP™)’s...

Youth Justice System in Her Past and her Dream Career in Mortuary Science in...

Philadelphia, Pa. – The death of her maternal grandmother is what piqued former Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP™) Philadelphia program participant Aniya’s interest in mortuary science. Since last spring,...

Turning his Pain to Promise: YAP Scholarship Awardee Plans to Become Doctor

Scranton, Pa. – Now a freshman at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania with aspirations to become a doctor, former Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP™) Lackawanna County, Pa. program participant Daniel entered...

YAP South Sudanese Fellow: The America I Knew in Movies Versus the Real America

By Jacob Ngor Khot Garang Guest Writer As a young man growing up in Africa, I never thought that one day I would have a chance...

From Intern to Advocate: Harley Pressel is Making a Difference for Kids on Probation

York, Pa. – “A pretty cool chick; and an absolutely wonderful human being who gets along with everybody.” That’s how Youth Advocate Programs (YAP™), Inc. York County, Pennsylvania Lead Advocate Harley Pressel’s supervisor...

With Help from Youth Advocate Programs, Julian is Off Drugs and Turning His Life...

Providence, R.I. – With the help of Youth Advocate Programs (YAP™), Inc., former program participant Julian was able to get off drugs and get back to high school. “My ...

Youth Advocate Programs (YAP™) Dallas Leader Recognized for Violence Intervention Work

Dallas, Texas – The Director of Youth Advocate Programs (YAP™) Inc.’s Dallas Cred violence interruption team is a nominee of The Epiphany Advocates of Change Award. He will be recognized during the April...

‘If I Can Do it, So Can You’ — LaShawn Jenkins Connects Systems-Involved Kids...

Chicago, IL -- At age 27, LaShawn Jenkins knows all too well the unique value she brings to her work and the lives of the young people she serves at Youth Advocate...

With Tools from His YAP Advocate, Shamarion is Taking Steps Towards a Positive Future

At age 16, Shamarion has begun to recognize and appreciate his strengths - that he's smart, respectful, cares about his mother, and is a great big brother to his siblings. Fulton County,...

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

Harrisburg, Pa. – Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Dauphin County Community Treatment Center (CTC) Director Craig Gittens connects with young people before their actions could lead to lifelong repercussions in adulthood.