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Youth Advocate Programs Joins Jack & Jill of Greater Essex County Chapter, Jelani Cobb & Other Influencers for a Critical Conversation on Justice Reform

Youth Advocate Programs Joins Jack & Jill of Greater Essex County Chapter, Jelani Cobb & Other Influencers for a Critical Conversation on Justice Reform

  • 10/26/2018 10:15:00 AM
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With a history lesson connecting the dots between the U.S. slave economy and wealth generated from today’s prison system, author, writer and Columbia University Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism William Jelani Cobb headlined a Critical Conversation on Justice Reform. The event was hosted Sun., Oct. 21, in Basking Ridge, N.J. by Greater Essex County Chapter (GECC) of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the nation’s oldest and largest organization of African American Mot...
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YAP Statement on Border Crisis

YAP Statement on Border Crisis

  • 6/21/2018 2:55:00 PM
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Since Youth Advocate Programs' founding in 1975 our sole mission has been to keep families together and at home in their communities with intensive support. We believe that institutions are no place for children and no place for families. We believe that every single person has strengths, gifts and basic human dignity. We believe we need a better solution going forward than detaining families together in tent cities, shelters, detention centers or worse. We are rooted in American commun...
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Philadelphia Hearing Presented a Powerful Case Against Institutionalizing Kids

Philadelphia Hearing Presented a Powerful Case Against Institutionalizing Kids

  • 5/21/2018 8:54:00 AM
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Anyone who believes in jailing troubled kids and teens should have been at City Hall in Philadelphia last week. One young woman, Qilah, testified, “People should have asked me why I was late to school or not showing up, but no one asked me, they just took me away.”YAP National Policy Director Shaena Fazal and Regional Leader Randall Sims participated in the hearing and spoke about YAP's history of successfully keeping high-risk kids at home and away from juvenile detention a...
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YAP Board Member Received UNLV Community-Based Research Award

  • 4/19/2018 11:15:00 AM
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Alexis Kennedy, YAP Board member and Criminal Justice Professor at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), was recently honored with a 2018 Community-Based Research Award for a study that interviewed survivors of human trafficking.   In her research, she sought the input of these exploited youth, to get insight into their needs, their experience and what they might recommend for serving their population.  "They are the true content experts in this area but are rarely aske...
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EBP+ Collaborative Policy Brief:  Serving Youth of Color with Serious and Violent Charges

EBP+ Collaborative Policy Brief: Serving Youth of Color with Serious and Violent Charges

  • 4/4/2018 7:37:00 AM
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YAP is a proud member of the EBP+ Collaborative consisting of 12 organizations that specialize in serving youth of color with serious and violence charges.  Today, the EBP+ Collaborative releases a new policy brief:  "Liberating Youth, Families and Community from the Justice System."  The purpose of this brief is to introduce the members' common approach to helping these youth become successful in community settings while decarcerating them.  Central tenets...
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