Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. program leaders deliver impassioned messages about their work as part of the launch of YAPTalks. YAP delivers services that are an alternative to youth incarceration and out-of-home placement. The YAP Advocate Wraparound Service model provides intensive one-to-one mentoring by professional, primarily neighborhood-based staff. YAP Advocate mentors empower young people with tools to identify and realize their strengths. At the same time, they support the family foundation by connecting parents/guardians with accessible resources to reinforce their foundation. This YAPTalk features New York State YAP Regional Director Dana LaCoss.