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Q&A with Virginia Hoft, National Director of Substance Use Services

Q&A with Virginia Hoft, National Director of Substance Use Services

  • 4/30/2019 11:18:00 AM
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Virginia Hoft is National Director of Substance Use Services and Southwest Regional Vice President for Youth Advocate Programs (YAP) Inc. In 2015, she began applying her considerable experience as a substance abuse and behavioral health nonprofit executive and practitioner to lead efforts at YAP to address the nation’s growing opioid crisis. Under Virginia’s leadership, YAP is integrating innovative substance use services into the its 44-year-old neighborhood-based Advocate mentor al...
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Young Man Shares Story of Child Sexual Abuse and How YAP Made a Difference

Young Man Shares Story of Child Sexual Abuse and How YAP Made a Difference

  • 4/26/2019 10:31:00 AM
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April 26, 2019 (New Jersey) -- One night this past winter, Lynette Connor was heading home on the highway when she felt her tire rip. She had no doubt it was blown because she saw the big rock that came from the truck ahead of her and couldn’t avoid hitting it.Fortunately, there was time for her to safely move over to the shoulder of the road and call her emergency roadside assistance company. It wasn’t long before she was met by a young man who arrived in a tow truck to change her t...
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Chicago YAP Choose to Change (C2C) Participants Sit Down with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

Chicago YAP Choose to Change (C2C) Participants Sit Down with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

  • 4/25/2019 1:05:00 PM
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Chicago, IL (April 25, 2019) -- Last week, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) sat down with a small group of past participants in Choose to Change (C2C), a program that has shown promise in helping to reduce crime in Chicago. C2C began in 2015, combining Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc.’s intensive neighborhood-based Advocate mentorship and Children’s Home & Aid’s trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy with the University of Chicago Crime Lab’s rigorous eva...
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Bomba Workshop Helps New Brunswick Justice System-Involved Youth See How they Connect Culturally

Bomba Workshop Helps New Brunswick Justice System-Involved Youth See How they Connect Culturally

  • 4/11/2019 9:36:00 AM
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New Brunswick, NJ – A special workshop helped a group of justice system-involved youth of diverse backgrounds appreciate their differences while also understanding how their cultures connect. The young people are 14-17 year-olds in New Brunswick Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc.’s Disposition; Community Re-integration Services; and Diversion Community Engagement and Support programs.The YAP participants, who represent several African-American, Central American and Caribbean backgro...
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YAP Board Member Randolph Stone Retiring from University of Chicago Mandel Legal Aid Clinic

YAP Board Member Randolph Stone Retiring from University of Chicago Mandel Legal Aid Clinic

  • 4/10/2019 9:37:00 AM
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Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Board Member Randolph Stone is retiring after 31 years of service at the University of Chicago Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. The clinic is where law school professors provide guidance to students and staff as they work to provide services to low-income Chicago residents. A longtime advocate for youth and justice reform, Stone’s many accomplishments include his role in ending mandatory juvenile life sentences without parole. He has mentored many legal practiti...
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