• Keeping Families Together

    Of those families in danger of having a child removed for abuse or neglect, 98% remained safely intact when they completed  YAP's improving Families services.
  • Connecting Youth to Opportunity

    YAP is firmly committed to nurturing the potential of "Opportunity Youth" through our direct services and through our Endowment Fund. To learn more about our work, read our blog on "The Cost of Social Disconnection."
  • Trauma Informed Care

    YAP helps build youth resilience and promotes healing by connecting them with supportive adults, providing evidence-based treatment, and ensuring that all staff are trained in trauma informed care.
  • Safely Home Campaign

    The Safely Home Campaign promotes the belief that community-based programs for high-risk young people should be the norm, and out-of-home placement the last alternative, not the other way around.
    Safely Home Campaign
  • Early Intervention

    YAP’s specialized model for infants and small children in the child welfare system is built on research and best practice, resulting in 100% success rate.
  • Adult Re-Entry:  A Second Chance

    Two years post-discharge, 96% of parolees in YAP’s Adult Re-Entry Program have not been re-incarcerated, and 86% remain arrest free.
  • Gender Responsive Programming

    Girls are the fastest growing population within the juvenile justice system. Learn more about YAP’s approach to safely supporting girls in the community.
About Us
YAP is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization exclusively committed to the provision of community-based alternatives to out-of-home care through direct service, advocacy and policy change since 1975.   More
Our Services
  • The ASSET Network

    Learn more about YAP's innovative approach to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.

  • Youth Services

    YAP works with the most marginalized youth and families across a continuum of needs.

  • Adult Services

    We provide intensive support to adults involved in the justice system and adults with developmental differences.

  • Policy & Advocacy Center

    We are invested in social and policy change that mirror the impact of our direct services.

"Safely Home" Film

Change does happen and it happens with the kids people most likely do not want to work with... Those are our kids.

April Curtis, YAP Program Director
APR 2014

Free Webinar on Exploring Employment Opportunities for Individuals with ASD/DD

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) is excited to offer the FREE webinar "Exploring Employment" to the general public...
MAR 2014

YAP Ireland Evaluation Shows Positive Outcomes

The Youth Advocate Programs (YAP) Ireland launched on 3 March an evaluation carried out by a research team from National University of Maynooth...
MAR 2014

Suspending Preschoolers: The First Step on Path to Disparity

Judy Warner, YAP's Communications Coordinator, comments on the disproportionate number of preschool children of color in suspension rates...