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YAP's Place in the Changing Virginia Juvenile Justice System

  • 6/23/2017 10:19:00 AM
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Valerie Koeppel, Director of YAP's program in Roanoke speaks about Virginia's changing juvenile justice system:  "Prisons don't work... We want to move to a system that we know does work and that's supporting kids and their families in their own communities."
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Virginia Success Story

Virginia Success Story

  • 12/18/2015 3:44:00 PM
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YAP Program Director Valerie Koeppel first met Jeremiah when he was 7 years old and living in his 6th residential placement. He was four hours away from his home and family, and YAP began working with his family to plan for his return home. Through the assessment process, the team learned a lot about Jeremiah and his family.   Like Jeremiah, his mother and stepfather were accustomed to hearing- and believing- negatives about themselves. “Helping them see their potential took a lot of hard work,...
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Roanoke County YAP Gives Back to Rescue Mission

Roanoke County YAP Gives Back to Rescue Mission

  • 10/15/2015 11:43:00 AM
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Roanoke YAP in Virginia gave back to their community through volunteering at a local Rescue Mission. They worked in the kitchen in a variety of roles. A young woman and her foster mom and foster sibling served food to more than 200 shelter residents, an advocate and a client cut bushels of apples, our Director and a mother cleaned and chopped cauliflower, and an advocate and a client rinsed dirty dishes for the dishwasher. Additionally, the Administrative Manager and Advocacy Coordinator and a y...
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