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My Life Changing Experience

  • 10/14/2016 8:59:00 AM
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Hello…My name is Lottie. I was a part of a program called the YAP Truancy Program in Pittsburgh. During my time in the program, I learned things that I never knew, seen, or heard about before. I learned to love myself and others by just being there and lighting a place with my smile or tears. I came from nothing to be something and I have my mind made up. I got involved in this program in my 11 grade year of high school which was a very difficult time for me to get up on time for school. I had ...
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Youth, Students and Advocates Learn New Street Soccer Skills

Youth, Students and Advocates Learn New Street Soccer Skills

  • 9/27/2016 1:48:00 PM
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Our Street Soccer team provided a training yesterday to Lebanon (PA) YAP staff, youth, and students from Lebanon Valley College. Together, they plan to introduce the sport to the Lebanon community at a December street soccer tournament at LVC."Our kids loved it," said Program Director Bob Swanson. "Despite their insistence that they don't play soccer, many remained after the event to keep playing!"Many thanks to Jay, Diana, and David who have been working hard at spreading the joy of street socc...
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Susquehanna County 5K Autism Walk/Run

Susquehanna County 5K Autism Walk/Run

  • 7/28/2016 10:36:00 AM
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Susquehanna County YAP will be holding an Autism Awareness 5K Walk/Run & Family Fun day on August 6 from 9am to 1pm.   Come out to the Route 11 Hallstead Ballfield to enjoy music, food, activities and more! VISIT OUR EVENT PAGE OR REGISTER FOR THE RACE Date:  Aug 6, 2016  9am - 1pmRace Time Start:  9am (registration 8-845am)Registration Fee:  $20Kids Run is FREE! Proceeds will go to the Tom Jeffers Endowment Fund for Continuing Education and Autism Needs and Resources Funds.  
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Lebanon County PA Builds Greenhouse

Lebanon County PA Builds Greenhouse

  • 5/12/2016 11:35:00 AM
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On May 4, Lebanon County PA YAP had a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new greenhouse.  The day's speakers included Sally Barry, Director of Lebanon County Probation Services, Senator Mike Folmer, Pennsylvania 48th Senate District, Jeanne Arnold of The Edward and Jeanne Arnold Foundation, Maurice Day, Youth Youth, and Loir Burrus, YAP National Developmental Disabilities Coordinator.YAP GREENWORKS provides the addition of 1000 square-foot commercial greenhouse to our gardening initiatives alread...
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New Study on Individuals with Autism Served by YAP Finds Support for Relational Approach

New Study on Individuals with Autism Served by YAP Finds Support for Relational Approach

  • 4/20/2016 8:37:00 AM
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James Conroy, PhD, and Robin Ferris of the Center for Outcome Analysis (“COA”) conducted a pilot study of 128 young people who received services from Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (“YAP”) related to their autism spectrum disorder diagnoses.  COA set out to answer two main questions:  “Are the youth who participate in the YAP better off ? If so, in what way(s) and to what degree?” To answer these questions, COA used a survey instrument to measure Quality of Life (QOL) responses from young Y...
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