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Philadelphia Nonprofit to Celebrate Four Decades as a Successful Community-Based Alternative to Youth Prison and Detention

  • 10/11/2018 9:03:00 AM
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Philadelphia, PA (Oct. 11, 2018) – At Philadelphia Youth Advocate Programs (YAP) Inc.’s Oct. 17 open house, 100 youth in community-based detention will help present college scholarships to young people who not long ago stood in their shoes. The open house will bring current and former YAP participants and families together with juvenile justice, social services and other professionals who for four decades have referred thousands of individuals to the program as an alternative to...
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OJJDP Study Finds YAP Involvement Positively Impacts Youth

OJJDP Study Finds YAP Involvement Positively Impacts Youth

  • 9/26/2017 12:48:00 PM
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The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released a study of justice-involved youth enrolled in Youth Advocate Programs (YAP). The study was completed by Dr. Michael J. Karcher, Ed.D., Ph.D, of the University of Texas, San Antonio and co-written by Dr. David Johnson, Ph.D. of Wake Forest University and was comprised of two parts.The first part of the study used a quasi-experimental research method to examine the impact of YAP Advocacy model for 164 young people in YA...
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YAP Saving Taxpayers Money in Lebanon, PA

  • 9/20/2017 10:15:00 AM
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Lebanon County PA Juvenile Probation saved $400,000 during the past fiscal year and increased community safety through a partnership with Youth Advocate Programs.  YAP's community-based treatment services are cheaper than residential placement.  "We've been able to provide community protection, treatment to the juveniles, but still be fiscally responsible at the same time," said Sue Christner, Deputy Director of Lebanon County Probation Services, Juvenile Unit.  ...
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No Throwaway Kids

No Throwaway Kids

  • 3/4/2016 9:38:00 AM
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In this Huffington Post blog, Shaena Fazal, YAP National Policy Director, urges politicians and the public to stop treating youth in conflict with the law like throwaway kids by confining them.  She points to new polling data that suggests the majority of Americans agree that youth can be taught to take responsibility for their actions without resorting to incarceration.  "The time is right to focus our energy and resources on bringing and keeping young people safely home and abandoning the yout...
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JJ Organizations Share Policy Platform for JJ Reform with Presidential Candidates

JJ Organizations Share Policy Platform for JJ Reform with Presidential Candidates

  • 2/26/2016 10:27:00 AM
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Nine national juvenile justice organizations developed a policy platform for juvenile justice reform and shared it with all Presidential candidates. Please CLICK HERE to read more.February 23, 2016Dear Presidential Candidate,We know you care about keeping our communities safe, ensuring the welfare of our children, and guaranteeing a fair and equitable justice system for all. While there are realistic, sensible policies and programs that can help us realize these goals, our current justice syste...
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