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These Chicago youth have a secret to success – even when impacted by crime, trauma or personal struggles

These Chicago youth have a secret to success – even when impacted by crime, trauma or personal struggles

  • 7/8/2019 12:10:00 PM
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Chicago, IL (July 5, 2019) – At their May meeting in Chicago, members of The Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Board of Directors – many of them, recently appointed -- witnessed powerful testimonials from youth and the Advocates empowering them with tools to succeed. YAP serves as an alternative to youth incarceration and out-of-home placement in more than 100 communities in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In Chicago and other cities, YAP also applies its model to work...
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Carnell Brown: A Good Reason for Chicagoans to Take ‘Strides for Peace’

Carnell Brown: A Good Reason for Chicagoans to Take ‘Strides for Peace’

  • 6/5/2019 12:17:00 PM
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Chicago, IL (June 5, 2019) -- As Chicagoans take to the streets Thursday, June 6, to race against gun violence in “Strides for Peace,” they should know that for each of the city’s gun violence tragedies, thanks to the organizations they are supporting, there are many more stories of hope. Carnell Brown’s journey is one of them. At age 20, Carnell said his life has not been easy. Five years ago, he got locked up for assault. But things are progressively getting better...
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Chicago’s Choose to Change Program Serves as an Example of  Programs Helping Children Exposed to Trauma

Chicago’s Choose to Change Program Serves as an Example of Programs Helping Children Exposed to Trauma

  • 5/30/2019 11:37:00 AM
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Chicago, IL (May 30, 2019) -- Two representatives from Chicago’s Choose to Change (C2C) program shared their experiences with reporters during a news conference this week announcing new bipartisan legislation to increase support for children who have been exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma, such as witnessing violence, parental addiction, or abuse. The news conference was hosted by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Danny Davis (D-IL-07).Durbin ...
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Chicago YAP Participants Tell State Lawmakers to Fund Community-Based Services

Chicago YAP Participants Tell State Lawmakers to Fund Community-Based Services

  • 5/20/2019 1:48:00 PM
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Chicago YAP youth, their Advocates and other YAP staff took a trip to their state capital in Springfield to show and tell lawmakers why they should invest in programs like YAP. The visit was part of a May 16 Lobby Day and rally organized by the inVEST campaign.YAP youth and Advocates joined other Chicago organizations to make the case for using $150 million in public funding to reduce gun violence in Illinois’ most at-risk communities. Specifically the Chicago organizations hope $100 milli...
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Chicago YAP Choose to Change (C2C) Participants Sit Down with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

Chicago YAP Choose to Change (C2C) Participants Sit Down with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

  • 4/25/2019 1:05:00 PM
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Chicago, IL (April 25, 2019) -- Last week, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) sat down with a small group of past participants in Choose to Change (C2C), a program that has shown promise in helping to reduce crime in Chicago. C2C began in 2015, combining Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc.’s intensive neighborhood-based Advocate mentorship and Children’s Home & Aid’s trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy with the University of Chicago Crime Lab’s rigorous eva...
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