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What Happened to You? A Strength-Based Approach to Trauma Informed Care

  • 11/1/2013 8:52:00 AM
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Sexualized behavior in a first-grader might evoke shock or frustration in some caregivers. Six-year-old Kay’s* maternal aunt recognized a cry for help. Kay was removed from her parents’ home by Child Protective Services at age 3 and placed in her aunt’s custody at age six. Kay’s biological parents had a history of substance abuse and she had witnessed significant domestic violence. Her mother struggled with serious mental illness and her father was incarcerated. Concerned...
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YAP's Community-Based Approach for High-Risk Youth to be Highlighted at France Forum, Nov 2-6

YAP's Community-Based Approach for High-Risk Youth to be Highlighted at France Forum, Nov 2-6

  • 10/29/2013 11:02:00 AM
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YAP's international team will participate in a plenary address and facilitate a workshop at a forum, "Engaging and Empowering Young People to Participate in a Collective Social Action for Change," in Lyon, France. The plenary and workshop will focus on YAP's 5 guiding principles: individualized service planning, family engagement, using a strength-based approach, adhering to a no-reject policy and cultural competence, with a special emphasis on neighborhood-based recruitment.The participants of ...
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A View from the Front Lines: When Girls are Strong, Communities are Strong

  • 9/24/2013 10:58:00 AM
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by Seyny Dressler, LaVeisha Mobley Cummings and Felicia WellsAs Directors for Youth Advocate Programs (YAP) in Tampa and Orlando Florida, and Savannah Georgia, we have witnessed firsthand many of the extraordinary challenges girls in the juvenile justice system face. Our experiences with girls in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems reveal childhoods that included exposure to trauma, abuse, instability, institutionalization and separation from families.Some girls bounce around fro...
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Williamson County, TX Family Fall Festival

  • 9/3/2013 10:57:00 AM
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Williamson County YAP is hosting it's first annual Family Fall Festival on October 26. To get this festival going, the program is first raising money to purchase the building materials, supplies, prizes and food for the festival.The fundraising campaign to "fund the fundraiser" ends Friday, September 7 at midnight. The goal is $1,500. Visit the campaign website to learn more or to make a donation.
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