Abriana’s Progress Report: Past Probation, She’s Focused on her College Goals

Abriana is sticking to her plan of learning from the mistakes of her past and taking steps towards a positive future. When the 15-year-old met...

After a Decade in Prison, Nokomis Hunter’s Future is Poetry in Motion

Four years free after returning home from Federal prison, 30-year-old Nokomis Hunter is on a path that has never looked brighter. He has a...

With Support from Her Advocate, She Turned a Setback into a Steppingstone

No reject; no eject. That’s a mantra at Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc., a national nonprofit that provides community-based alternatives for young people who...
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Family Matters When Turning Your Life Around

Family matters for individuals working to turn their lives around. Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc.’s trained advocate mentors help young people identify their strengths...
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Instead of Lock-up, He Got an Advocate, Mentor and Friend

A little more than a year ago, Chris made a mistake that could have taken him away from his family and out of his...

Holidays Highlight Gifts, Talents and Generosity of Youth Turning their Lives Around

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -- Brian, 13, and Esteban, 14, stood proudly before community leaders and family members as they unveiled a mural decorating a...
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Los Angeles Families Now Benefit from Community-based Alternative to Out-of-Home Placement

A community-based alternative to youth incarceration and institutionalization in 28 states and the District of Columbia, Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. recently began serving...

TheNeighborhoodAdvocate.org Chronicles Lives Changed by Youth Justice and Social Services Systems Reform

Dec. 18, 2019 —TheNeighborhoodAdvocate.org launches today, chronicling the lives of families, advocates and program practitioners on the front lines of the youth justice, child...

Innovative Alternative to Youth Incarceration and Out-of-Home Placement Serving Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Ca. (December 3, 2019) -- Standing a block away from her Jordan Downs apartment in Watts, Abriana, 15, reflects on her life...
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After Serving 15 Years in Prison, Charles Bentil Helps Other Men Coming Home

Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. program leaders deliver impassioned messages about their work as part of the launch of YAPTalks. YAP delivers services that...