• Endowment Fund Reaches $1M

    YAP is firmly committed to nurturing the potential of "Opportunity Youth" through our direct services and through our Tom Jeffers Endowment Fund for Continuing Education. 63 scholarships have been awarded since 2007.
    Endowment
  • New Report! Safely Home

    Juvenile justice systems can support the highest need youth and families, build ways for youth to be accountable and understand consequences without resorting to incarceration.
    PWF
  • Trauma Informed Care

    YAP helps build youth resilience and promotes healing by connecting them with supportive adults, providing evidence-based treatment, and ensuring that all staff are trained in trauma informed care.
    TIC
  • Gender Responsive Programming

    Girls are the fastest growing population within the juvenile justice system. Learn more about YAP’s approach to safely supporting girls in the community.
    GRP
  • Keeping Families Together

    Of those families in danger of having a child removed for abuse or neglect, 98% remained safely intact when they completed YAP's improving Families services.
    Families
  • Adult Re-Entry:  A Second Chance

    Two years post-discharge, 96% of parolees in YAP’s Adult Re-Entry Program have not been re-incarcerated, and 86% remain arrest free.
    Adult
  • 0-5 Reunification

    YAP’s specialized model for infants and small children in the child welfare system is built on research and best practice, resulting in 100% success rate.
    EI
About Us
YAP is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization exclusively committed to the provision of community-based alternatives to out-of-home care through direct service, advocacy and policy change since 1975.   More
Our Services
  • The ASSET Network

    Learn more about YAP's innovative approach to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.

  • Youth Services

    YAP works with the most marginalized youth and families across a continuum of needs.

  • Adult Services

    We provide intensive support to adults involved in the justice system and adults with developmental differences.

  • Policy & Advocacy Center

    We are invested in social and policy change that mirror the impact of our direct services.

"Safely Home" Film
News
10
SEP 2014

YAP, Lucas County, OH Juvenile Court & NCCD Brief Capitol Hill on Community-Based Alternatives for Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth

On September 10, 2014 on Congressman Tony Cardenas welcomed Youth Advocate Programs (YAP) and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) as co-hosts of the briefing...
9
SEP 2014

YAP Celebrates Direct Support Professionals

September 7-13 is Direct Support Professional's week and YAP is honoring our employees who provide these services...
29
AUG 2014

Chicago YAP Program Director Featured on NPR Morning Edition

Chicago YAP's Program Director, Steven Gates was featured NPR's Morning Edition on August 29th, talking about his experiences living and working in Roseland...