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 community. Now 19, he thanks Will Conyers, his Baltimore Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Advocate, for empowering him with tools to turn his life around. YAP is community-based alternative to youth incarceration/out-of-home placement. Advocates like Will are trained to provide intensive mentoring that helps youth realize their strengths while connecting them and their parents with resources to firm their foundation and help them succeed.