• Giving Back

    Giving Back is a powerful component of our agency culture for both staff and our families. As one of our core principles, working with families to identify ways that they can contribute to bettering their community is transformational.

    Give Back
  • Annual Report
  • YAP Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Detention Reform

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation honored Youth Advocate Programs with the Gloria J. Jenkins Award at the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative's conference in September.

    YAP Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Detention Reform
  • Endowment Fund Reaches $1M

    YAP is firmly committed to nurturing the potential of "Opportunity Youth" through our direct services and through our Tom Jeffers Endowment Fund for Continuing Education. 63 scholarships have been awarded since 2007.

  • Santa Fe Youth Services Merger
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 0-5 Reunification

    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.
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
OCT 2016

Scholarship Winner!

Kudos to Bonnie, the latest scholarship recipient from the Tom Jeffers Endowment Fund for Continuing Education...
SEP 2016

Street Soccer Training in Lebanon, PA

Youth, Students and Advocates Learn New Street Soccer Skills...
AUG 2016

NJJN Spotlights YAP as "Promising Practice"

YAP is named as a "Promising Practice" for its approach for working with youth in the juvenile justice system...