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William A. Verdier Retires After Serving Dozens of Newark Young People Over 15 Years as a Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Advocate

William A. Verdier Retires After Serving Dozens of Newark Young People Over 15 Years as a Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Advocate

  • 7/30/2019 9:13:00 AM
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Photo caption:  William Verdier photographed with Newark YAP Director Robyn DawsonNewark, N.J. For 15 years, William A. Verdier  provided community-based services to dozens of New Jersey child welfare systems-involved young people who might have otherwise been in out-of-home-placement.He served as an Advocate for New Jersey Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. YAP partners with youth justice and child welfare systems to provide a community-based alternative to youth incarceration a...
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New Jersey Youth Impacted by Gun Violence Kick off "Sixty-four days: A summer of Peace.”

New Jersey Youth Impacted by Gun Violence Kick off "Sixty-four days: A summer of Peace.”

  • 6/28/2019 4:28:00 PM
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New Jersey (July 1, 2019) – More than one thousand New Jersey kids ages 6-18 -- many who have lost loved ones to gun violence -- are kicking off a campaign called, “Sixty-four days: A summer of Peace.”The young people are enrolled in Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc., a nonprofit operating in every New Jersey county and more than 100 communities in 24 states and the District of Columbia, that serves as an alternative to youth incarceration and other out-of-home placement...
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Newark-Area YAP Participants Create Multi-media Radio Program Pilot

Newark-Area YAP Participants Create Multi-media Radio Program Pilot

  • 5/2/2019 9:05:00 AM
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Newark, NJ – A few months ago, 14--year-old Iyahna and 13-year-old Rayvon got an opportunity that changed how they look at their communities, their families and themselves. They were among a group of kids, ages 13-16, who spent two days a week  at Newark, N.J.’s Nonfiction Radio studios to create a pilot for a global multi-media internet radio program produced by and for kids who face some of society’s toughest challenges.“I felt pretty happy because I’d never ...
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Young Man Shares Story of Child Sexual Abuse and How YAP Made a Difference

Young Man Shares Story of Child Sexual Abuse and How YAP Made a Difference

  • 4/26/2019 10:31:00 AM
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April 26, 2019 (New Jersey) -- One night this past winter, Lynette Connor was heading home on the highway when she felt her tire rip. She had no doubt it was blown because she saw the big rock that came from the truck ahead of her and couldn’t avoid hitting it.Fortunately, there was time for her to safely move over to the shoulder of the road and call her emergency roadside assistance company. It wasn’t long before she was met by a young man who arrived in a tow truck to change her t...
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Bomba Workshop Helps New Brunswick Justice System-Involved Youth See How they Connect Culturally

Bomba Workshop Helps New Brunswick Justice System-Involved Youth See How they Connect Culturally

  • 4/11/2019 9:36:00 AM
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New Brunswick, NJ – A special workshop helped a group of justice system-involved youth of diverse backgrounds appreciate their differences while also understanding how their cultures connect. The young people are 14-17 year-olds in New Brunswick Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc.’s Disposition; Community Re-integration Services; and Diversion Community Engagement and Support programs.The YAP participants, who represent several African-American, Central American and Caribbean backgro...
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