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Nearly 1000 Youth Face Losing Community-Based Services that Keep them Out of Placement

Nearly 1000 Youth Face Losing Community-Based Services that Keep them Out of Placement

  • 9/8/2020 8:16:00 AM
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Nearly 1000 New Jersey youth will lose their Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. services if proposed cuts by DCF are accepted by Governor Phil Murphy. For four decades, the state has relied on the nonprofit and its evidence-based intensive, in-home, wraparound advocacy model to keep youth with their families or stable in resource foster homes as an alternative to out-of-home placements and youth prison.Like other New Jersey nonprofits, YAP, which operates in all 21 New Jersey counties, was hit ...
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Two of YAP’s Longest-Serving Employees Honored

Two of YAP’s Longest-Serving Employees Honored

  • 9/27/2019 10:20:00 AM
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On September 24, as part of their Mid-Atlantic Regional leadership training and retreat, Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. leaders honored two of their colleagues. Annie Mae Jeffers has served YAP as an Advocate for 30 years. Bea Lewis is retiring after serving youth and families for more than 27 years. Both women exemplify YAP’s 44 years of effectively serving as a community-based alternative to youth incarceration and family separation.
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William A. Verdier Retires After Serving Dozens of Newark Young People Over 15 Years as a Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Advocate

William A. Verdier Retires After Serving Dozens of Newark Young People Over 15 Years as a Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Advocate

  • 7/30/2019 9:13:00 AM
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Photo caption:  William Verdier photographed with Newark YAP Director Robyn DawsonNewark, N.J. For 15 years, William A. Verdier  provided community-based services to dozens of New Jersey child welfare systems-involved young people who might have otherwise been in out-of-home-placement.He served as an Advocate for New Jersey Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. YAP partners with youth justice and child welfare systems to provide a community-based alternative to youth incarceration a...
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New Jersey Youth Impacted by Gun Violence Kick off "Sixty-four days: A summer of Peace.”

New Jersey Youth Impacted by Gun Violence Kick off "Sixty-four days: A summer of Peace.”

  • 6/28/2019 4:28:00 PM
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New Jersey (July 1, 2019) – More than one thousand New Jersey kids ages 6-18 -- many who have lost loved ones to gun violence -- are kicking off a campaign called, “Sixty-four days: A summer of Peace.”The young people are enrolled in Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc., a nonprofit operating in every New Jersey county and more than 100 communities in 24 states and the District of Columbia, that serves as an alternative to youth incarceration and other out-of-home placement...
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Newark-Area YAP Participants Create Multi-media Radio Program Pilot

Newark-Area YAP Participants Create Multi-media Radio Program Pilot

  • 5/2/2019 9:05:00 AM
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Newark, NJ – A few months ago, 14--year-old Iyahna and 13-year-old Rayvon got an opportunity that changed how they look at their communities, their families and themselves. They were among a group of kids, ages 13-16, who spent two days a week  at Newark, N.J.’s Nonfiction Radio studios to create a pilot for a global multi-media internet radio program produced by and for kids who face some of society’s toughest challenges.“I felt pretty happy because I’d never ...
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