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YAP Mourns Paul DeMuro, Youth Justice Pioneer

YAP Mourns Paul DeMuro, Youth Justice Pioneer

  • 4/23/2020 10:26:00 AM
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The youth justice community lost a powerful advocate on Tuesday, April 21st, and YAP lost a dear friend and mentor. Paul DeMuro was an early pioneer in juvenile justice reform. He spent his career working to close youth prisons and to make life better for youth and their families all over the country.Paul was a wonderfully positive, visionary person who was a critical and effective advocate for young people. He had a deep reserve of compassion combined with a towering intellect that present...
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YAP COVID-19 Fund Supports Young People Who’d Otherwise be Incarcerated or in Congregate Care

YAP COVID-19 Fund Supports Young People Who’d Otherwise be Incarcerated or in Congregate Care

  • 3/24/2020 4:05:00 PM
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Challenged by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. has created a special fund to deliver home-based services to young people who would otherwise be in youth prisons or congregate care facilities.YAP partners with child welfare, youth justice, behavioral health and other systems in 29 states and the District of Columbia to provide safe community-based alternatives to out-of-home placement. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented the greatest challenge in ...
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Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Joins Call to Action for Protecting Incarcerated Youth from COVID-19

Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Joins Call to Action for Protecting Incarcerated Youth from COVID-19

  • 3/23/2020 8:18:00 AM
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Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. joins a call to action by advocates across the U.S. to reduce the coronavirus (COVID-19) risk for incarcerated young people. In 29 states and the District of Columbia, YAP partners with child welfare, youth justice, behavioral health and other systems in their efforts to reduce their reliance on out-of-home placements of young people in detention centers, youth prisons and other congregate care.“We believe real caring, rehabilitation and support are best...
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Evan

Evan

  • 2/27/2020 4:37:00 PM
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Evan’s introduction to Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc., came during his junior year in high school. “I was struggling with depression, low self-esteem, and anxiety. I had difficulty making friends and I felt that my interpersonal relationships were all falling apart.”Evan opened up about his challenges growing up in his application letter for the YAP Tom Jeffers Endowment Fund for Continuing Education Scholarship. Recipients of the $1,000 award are young people served by th...
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Emily

Emily

  • 2/27/2020 4:37:00 PM
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Emily was about 14 when she got involved with Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. By then, she said her family had experienced significant trauma “including loss of my baby sister which tremendously effected our lives. My mother got into drugs, my father was in and out of jail. I felt as I was taking care of me and my two younger brothers at the time.”Emily said things were made even more difficult because one of her brothers was diagnosed with autism and the other has intellectual d...
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