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Supported Work Partners Help Build Life Skills

Supported Work Partners Help Build Life Skills

  • 9/24/2014 9:56:00 AM
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Ray Davis, owner of Flight American Fusion restaurant, is a YAP Supported Work partner. Supported Work is a component of many YAP programs that is designed to help youth not only gain work experience, but also to learn the soft skills necessary to succeed in a work environment.Davis was recognized recently at an event in Baltimore for his partnership and support of YAP youth and kids through Supported Work. "I usually start the youth in the kitchen doing dishes," he shared, noting that working a...
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Remembering Derrick Jones

Remembering Derrick Jones

  • 6/16/2014 7:00:00 PM
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“First, you find a wizard.”YAP CEO Jeff Fleischer has often been heard quoting the article of the same name by Marty Beyer when talking about YAP’s strategy to find the right community leaders to run YAP programs. The role of the YAP Program Director is critical: for kids and families to achieve good outcomes, programs need leaders who understand their community’s needs and strengths, and inspire and motivate action to build community capacity to affect positive cha...
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YAP Mourns Passing of Baltimore Director

YAP Mourns Passing of Baltimore Director

  • 6/3/2014 7:00:00 PM
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It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of Derrick Jones, YAP's Baltimore Director. Derrick joined YAP in 2008 and led the program with nothing less than complete commitment, passion and dedication. His kids affectionately called him "2-4-7," because they knew that he was available and accessible to them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Through his leadership, YAP has helped hundreds of youth connect in positive ways with their community through employment, mentor...
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YAP CEO Remembers YAP Baltimore Director

  • 6/3/2014 7:00:00 PM
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Dear FriendsOur wonderful YAP/Baltimore Director Derrick Jones has passed on. These words are so hard to believe and to bear. Derrick was truly among our best and brightest, most committed to our youth and mission and most skilled and talented. His passing is a tremendous loss to his family, staff, community, YAP leadership and our world. Derrick hosted a delegation from Morocco some months ago. He organized his staff, youth, parents and community stakeholders to meet with judges and social work...
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Baltimore YAP Hosts Block Party

  • 8/24/2013 10:56:00 AM
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The first annual Baltimore YAP Community Block Party/ Book Bag Giveaway took place on Saturday, August 24th. The event was attended by over 700 people, several community leaders, DJS caseworkers, Baltimore City educators, Baltimore City councilman and the Baltimore City police commissioner.BYAP partnered with The Fred Jones Foundation, 2110 Bistro, Wal-mart, and Ray Lewis Foundation to provide four hours of activities, entertainment, free food, balloons, face painting, and snow balls to the comm...
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