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Carnell Brown: A Good Reason for Chicagoans to Take ‘Strides for Peace’

Carnell Brown: A Good Reason for Chicagoans to Take ‘Strides for Peace’

  • 6/5/2019 12:17:00 PM
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Chicago, IL (June 5, 2019) -- As Chicagoans take to the streets Thursday, June 6, to race against gun violence in “Strides for Peace,” they should know that for each of the city’s gun violence tragedies, thanks to the organizations they are supporting, there are many more stories of hope. Carnell Brown’s journey is one of them. At age 20, Carnell said his life has not been easy. Five years ago, he got locked up for assault. But things are progressively getting better...
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From Depressed to Living His Best Life: Pittsburgh’s Dan Hackett Heads to Milan as an Advocate for People with Autism

From Depressed to Living His Best Life: Pittsburgh’s Dan Hackett Heads to Milan as an Advocate for People with Autism

  • 6/3/2019 12:03:00 PM
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Less than seven years ago, Dan Hackett was unemployed and had low-self-worth, feeling disconnected, misunderstood, unfulfilled and depressed. He went to Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. for support. YAP is a nonprofit organization in 23 states and the District of Columbia that provides community-based alternatives to youth incarceration, behavioral health institutions and other out-of-home placements for youth and young people referred through social services or youth justice systems. To...
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Chicago’s Choose to Change Program Serves as an Example of  Programs Helping Children Exposed to Trauma

Chicago’s Choose to Change Program Serves as an Example of Programs Helping Children Exposed to Trauma

  • 5/30/2019 11:37:00 AM
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Chicago, IL (May 30, 2019) -- Two representatives from Chicago’s Choose to Change (C2C) program shared their experiences with reporters during a news conference this week announcing new bipartisan legislation to increase support for children who have been exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma, such as witnessing violence, parental addiction, or abuse. The news conference was hosted by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Danny Davis (D-IL-07).Durbin ...
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Retirement Wishes and Gratitude to Lebanon PA Children and Youth Executive Director James Holtry

Retirement Wishes and Gratitude to Lebanon PA Children and Youth Executive Director James Holtry

  • 5/30/2019 9:10:00 AM
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YAP wishes a very happy retirement to Jim Holtry, one of our great Lebanon County PA partners and champion of community-based care, after nearly 40 years of service to youth and families. Since September 2000, as Executive Director or Lebanon County Children and Youth Services, Jim has worked to reduce the need for out-of-home placement for youth in Lebanon County and keeping families together through the development of a broad continuum of community-based services. Through his role in the Leban...
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Philly YAP Youth Attend "Keep Youth Free!" Art Exhibit

Philly YAP Youth Attend "Keep Youth Free!" Art Exhibit

  • 5/29/2019 3:25:00 PM
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Philadelphia YAP participants attended last night’s “Keep Youth Free!” Opening Reception at the Center for Architecture and Design. The event was hosted by First Degree Consulting, Village of Arts & Humanities, Juvenile Law Center, Performing Statistics and People’s Paper Co-op, whose co-founder Mark Strandquist uses art to advance justice reformThe three-day exhibit features art created by youth impacted by the justice system in Philadelphia, Richmond, VA and other c...
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