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. 

YAP Roanoke’s Youth and Families Receive Holiday Gifts Thanks to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,...

Roanoke, Va. – Program participants of Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Roanoke received holiday toys and essential items, thanks to the generosity of the Eta Lambda Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc....

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

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 dress up and enjoy an evening of elegance they may...

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

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 make the neighborhood they serve safer. The Washington Heights YAP...

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

Los Angeles - At age 18, Kevin’s best memories of his childhood were before his 14th birthday. He played and was good at just about every sport. One of his biggest fans and best...
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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 youth and adults meeting major milestones in putting their lives...

YAP Roanoke, Virginia Staff Now Certified in Trauma Training to Help At-Risk Youth

Roanoke, Va. – After eight months, three staff from Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Roanoke Valley, Va., completed certification in professional development and youth violence prevention training from the Flourish Agenda. Program Director Breyon Fraction,...

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 in their journeys to put their lives on a positive path.  Program...

YAP’s Making Social Change Happen Awards: Recognizing People Putting their Lives on a Positive Path

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 Rafael López joined Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. to honor...