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

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 the Covid 19 pandemic, is re-releasing our 2017 publication; Beyond...

Advocating for Youth and Helping Neighbors Unite at Juneteenth Black Lives Matter Rally

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 Tough Times

In a recent teleconference, Sarah Gross focuses on her origami, an ancient Japanese practice of shaping paper into art. On the other end of her video call young people ages 9-17 make their own...

A Juneteenth Message to those Fighting to Free Youth from Prisons and other “Placements”

The following is a message to Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. employees from the  organization's CEO, Jeff Fleischer. YAP is a national nonprofit in 29 states and the District of Columbia that provides community-based...

They Know Reinventing Systems is Possible. They’re Already Doing it.

(June 10, 2020) Every day, they’re in their neighbors’ homes, delivering rehabilitative services that would otherwise happen in youth prisons and congregate treatment facilities. Employees of Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. know firsthand the...

Advocates Thank Donors for Helping them Empower Youth and Families with Tools to Firm...

Helping families with their basic needs is all in a day’s work for the Orange and Sullivan County (NY) Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. When the COVID-19 pandemic put people out of work, the...
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Neighborly Support During Pandemic Brings New Promise to Baltimore’s Safe Streets Efforts

Neighborly outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic is strengthening bonds between some Baltimore City Safe Streets workers and the families they serve. Safe Streets is an evidence-based public health approach to reducing shootings and homicides in...
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She’s in a Wheelchair; He has Autism – Pandemic Opens New Possibilities for Therapeutic...

Melissa Johnson felt she’d finally made it when she earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Frostburg State University in Maryland. But when months turned into years of getting turned down for job after job,...

Mini Parade Lifts Spirits of Homebound families

During a recent videoconference meeting, the Wayne County, NY Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. team resolved to do something big to motivate homebound families strained by COVID-19 restrictions. YAP is a nonprofit with programs...
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Meet Jesse A. Cruz, Author, Advocate and Brother’s Keeper

If you’ve ever met a Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Advocate, you’ll understand the key to the organization’s effectiveness as a provider of community-based alternatives to youth incarceration and out-of-home placements. With programs in...

Youth Advocates Strengthen Family Bonds with Social Distancing Photo Challenge

Welcome to a virtual photo exhibit featuring Chemung County, NY Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc.’s program participants, families and staff. Partnering with social services, Chemung County YAP works with youth who are at risk...

Shifting Gears – From Face-to-Face to Virtual Community-based Youth Justice/Child Welfare Services

By Jenilee Pollan, Assistant Program Director, Ulster County Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. A huge focus of our work at Ulster County Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. is coordinating with Ulster County School District to...

They Could have been in Youth Detention or Placement; Instead they’re in their Kitchens, Cooking...

Kingston, NY (April 22, 2020) – It’s Friday, going on 5 pm, and Cam, 15, Gabe, 12, Raymond, 14, and Stephen, 17, are in their kitchens – some with their moms -- making chicken...

Amid Global Pandemic, Advocates Stay Focused on Keeping Youth Safely Home and Out of Placement

Employing technology and practicing social distancing, Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. remains focused on its mission to provide community-based support to young people who would otherwise be incarcerated or placed into congregate facilities. An...
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COVID-19 Relief Fund Safeguards Community-Based Alternatives to Youth Prison/Placement

  Confronted with challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. has launched a special COVID-19 relief fund. A national nonprofit, YAP partners with youth justice, child welfare and other social...