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  • New Video: Endowment Fund

    Hear directly from young people how the Tom Jeffers Endowment Fund for Continuing Education is supporting their dreams. Nearly 200 scholarships have been awarded since 2007.

  • YAPWORX: Workforce Development 2.0

    YAP engages the most complex need youth in and outside of the classroom through service learning and exposure to employees from labor market areas of interest.

  • Pittverse Magazine

    YAP is proud to share the latest version of this quarterly publication written exclusively by adults on the autism spectrum and funded by the Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust.

  • Street Soccer

    Innovative Street Soccer programming encourages positive youth development and promotes a culture of peace.

  • Dads Make a Difference!

    YAP's NJ Fatherhood Healthy Relationships Initiative is a statewide effort to recognize and support the important role of Dads in their children's development. #NJFathersMatter

  • Meeting the Needs of Sexually Exploited Youth

    YAP’s CSEC model is an intensive and safe alternative to detention or placement, integrating a trauma- informed, gender responsive approach in supporting youth aged 10-18 who have been sexually trafficked.

  • 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.

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
"Safely Home" Film

Change does happen and it happens with the kids people most likely do not want to work with... Those are our kids.

April Curtis, YAP Program Director
AUG 2019

Roanoke Mom Receives Special Scholarship as Part of a Unique Toolkit to Support and Keep Her Family Together

Less than two years ago, life for Michelle Labrecque was more than 100 percent about her children and managing their complex health and developmental challenges...
JUL 2019

William A. Verdier Retires After Serving Dozens of Newark Young People Over 15 Years as a Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Advocate

For 15 years, William A. Verdier provided community-based services to dozens of New Jersey child welfare systems-involved young people...
JUL 2019

Roanoke Youth Advocate Programs Teams with Area Stylists for Back-to-School ‘Dear Black Girl: A Love Your Hair Affair

Back-to-school time can put a lot of pressure on kids – not just to be their best, but to also look their best...