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YAP is COA Accredited

In 2009 YAP became accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) . The COA accreditation process involved a detailed review and analysis of our operations and service delivery practices. YAP performance was “measured” against national standards of best practice. These standards emphasize services that are accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence based, and outcomes-oriented. Achieving COA accreditation supports the premise that YAP services are provided by a skilled and supported workforce and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

Our accreditation was renewed in 2013 and 2017 and we are recognized in the areas of Case Management, Family Preservation and Stabilization Services, Juvenile Justice Case Management, Services for Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorders, Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Workforce Development and Support Services, and Youth Development. 

YAP is a Promising Practice

Findings from external research studies contributed to YAP receiving recognition from a number of well-established government organizations and private foundations represented below:

  • In 2019, YAP received The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Crime Solutions’ “Promising” evidence rating. As part of the designation, YAP is included in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Model Program Guide.
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation has identified the YAP wraparound/advocacy program model as a “promising practice.”
  • In a bulletin published by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), YAP’s Tarrant County Advocate Program in Texas was recognized as a Best Practice Model for Alternatives to Secure Detention and Confinement of Juvenile Offenders.
  • The US based National Council on Crime and Delinquency recognized YAP’s Florida programs as an “evaluated and promising program.”
  • The America Youth Policy Forum identified Yap as a “promising program.”
  • The National Gang Center noted YAP as having “an effective program structure.”
  • The Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York has recognized Youth Advocate Programs as a “Gold Medal Program” that is informed by the science of adolescent development and built around the concepts of the Positive Youth Justice Model.

YAP’s model and services have been cited in a number of publications from other organizations.

Other Recognition