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More than half a million young people live in youth jails and prisons, psychiatric hospitals and group homes, or are disconnected from their parents, siblings and communities by being placed in foster care. A large percentage of these young people live far away from their homes and communities of origin.
YAP has proven that high and complex need youth and their families can be successful within the community while maintaining safety through providing services and supports within the home, school and broader neighborhood. YAP provides cost-effective alternative to out-of-home placement that strengthens youth, families and communities. We achieve this while engaging those youth and families that are most at-risk, with long histories of system-involvement, failed placements, and “non-compliance.”
We believe in our model and have 40 years of successful youth and families that suggest its effectiveness; however, we recognize that anecdotal evidence is not enough, and further, that there are always opportunities to improve and monitor our practice.
YAP has undertaken a number of activities to advance our evidence base and ensure that we are providing our youth and families with the skills and supports that they need to live productive, meaningful lives within their community. YAP has been internally measuring and tracking outcomes since 2005, and we have engaged in multiple opportunities to have our model studied and evaluated dating back to 1997. We have also adopted a number of specific evidence-based interventions that strengthen our core wraparound-advocacy model.
Our efforts have not gone unnoticed. YAP has been cited as a promising practice by a number of well known and respected organizations in the human service field, and we have been recognized for our effective community-based services in a number of publications.