Giving Back is a powerful component of our agency culture for both staff and our families. YAP staff frequently go over and beyond their roles and responsibilities to help YAP families and their broader community. From ensuring families have meals on Thanksgiving, gifts on holidays, and coats for the winter, to sponsoring community gardens, staff are creative and tireless in their willingness to help.
As one of our core principles, working with families to identify ways that they can contribute to bettering their community, based on sharing their strengths or building upon their interests, is transformational.
First, giving back- when guided and motivated by the individual- feels good. We see our families perceptions of themselves change as they grow in confidence, pride, and competence. As a result, they often want to continue to give back and do more for and within their community.
Below are just some of the many give back projects facilitated by our programs across the nation throughout the year. We hope that you are inspired by these stories of caring and service.
If you would like to Give Back to YAP, consider selecting YAP as your charity through AmazonSmile or by a direct donation using the Donate button at the top of the page.