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Chicago YAP Participants Tell State Lawmakers to Fund Community-Based Services

Chicago YAP Participants Tell State Lawmakers to Fund Community-Based Services

  • 5/20/2019 1:48:00 PM
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Chicago YAP youth, their Advocates and other YAP staff took a trip to their state capital in Springfield to show and tell lawmakers why they should invest in programs like YAP. The visit was part of a May 16 Lobby Day and rally organized by the inVEST campaign.YAP youth and Advocates joined other Chicago organizations to make the case for using $150 million in public funding to reduce gun violence in Illinois’ most at-risk communities. Specifically the Chicago organizations hope $100 milli...
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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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YAP Represents Hope as Big City Mayors Offer Solutions to Chicago’s Gun Violence

YAP Represents Hope as Big City Mayors Offer Solutions to Chicago’s Gun Violence

  • 2/15/2019 10:23:00 AM
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Eighteen-year-old Heaven and Erika Jackson, her Chicago Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Advocate-mentor, are proof that solutions to gun violence exist. Their faces and voices are among those in the opening video at a Feb. 15 Chicago public forum called, Cities Striving for Peace: What Chicago Can Learn from Five Big-City Mayors who Successfully Lowered Gun Violence.The event is hosted by Chicago CRED & InVEST Campaign. Chicago CRED (Creating Real Economic Destiny) was created in 2016 by...
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Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Positioned to Serve as Alternative to Lock-Up for  Youth Released from New York’s Adult Prisons

Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Positioned to Serve as Alternative to Lock-Up for Youth Released from New York’s Adult Prisons

  • 12/5/2018 11:07:00 AM
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New York (Dec. 5, 2018) – At age 37, Anton Cannatella speaks of a former Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. participant as he would a younger brother, nephew or even son. The young man, now 18, is one of many youth Cannatella has worked with since 2013 in his role as a YAP mentor-advocate in the Bronx."When I met him, he had just turned 16 and was referred to our program because of a robbery charge. His YAP enrollment ended almost a year ago and he hasn't been in any trouble for ...
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