YAP traces its roots to a 1975 ruling that prohibited young people from being incarcerated with adult inmates at the State Correctional Institution in Camp Hill, PA. Today, YAP is one of the largest non-profit agencies providing exclusively non-residential, community-based programs.
We support, care for, organize and empower the most vulnerable and marginalized young people, adults and families in the US and abroad. By tapping into the strengths and capabilities of the 20,000 families we serve each year, our 2,000+ YAP staff members, and the capacity of communities, YAP affects positive change.
YAP’s currently has programs in 28 states and the District of Columbia, and serves 25 major US cities as well as dozens of other urban, suburban and rural communities. We have also developed and supported community-based programs in Ireland, Scotland, Guatemala and Sierra Leone.
YAP has developed unique service delivery principles that guide our work with youth and families involved in the Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, Behavioral Health and Education systems. Our staff, who reside in or near the neighborhoods they serve, work non-traditional, flexible hours and are accessible 24/7. Our demonstrated ability to recruit and energize indigenous resident leaders within neighborhoods is another unique element of our success.
External evaluations of YAP confirm the validity of our approach. Our model has also been cited by several external bodies, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, as a "promising practice" in providing effective alternatives to institutional care. Our comprehensive internal systems include Outcome Measurement, Monitoring of Service Delivery and Family Satisfaction and Integrity Compliance. YAP is certified by the Council On Accreditation (COA).
Since our agency opened, YAP has experienced rapid growth. We have broadened our scope of services and increased our capacity to serve more children, youth, families and adults—including those who have not succeeded with traditional services. We continue to explore new opportunities to demonstrate our unique and effective community-based alternatives to out-of-home placements.