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  • New Video: Endowment Fund

    Hear directly from young people how the Tom Jeffers Endowment Fund for Continuing Education is supporting their dreams. Nearly 200 scholarships have been awarded since 2007.

  • YAPWORX: Workforce Development 2.0

    YAP engages the most complex need youth in and outside of the classroom through service learning and exposure to employees from labor market areas of interest.

  • Pittverse Magazine

    YAP is proud to share the latest version of this quarterly publication written exclusively by adults on the autism spectrum and funded by the Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust.

  • Street Soccer

    Innovative Street Soccer programming encourages positive youth development and promotes a culture of peace.

  • Dads Make a Difference!

    YAP's NJ Fatherhood Healthy Relationships Initiative is a statewide effort to recognize and support the important role of Dads in their children's development. #NJFathersMatter

  • Meeting the Needs of Sexually Exploited Youth

    YAP’s CSEC model is an intensive and safe alternative to detention or placement, integrating a trauma- informed, gender responsive approach in supporting youth aged 10-18 who have been sexually trafficked.

  • Gender Responsive Programming

    Girls are the fastest growing population within the juvenile justice system. Learn more about YAP’s approach to safely supporting girls in the community.

About Us
YAP is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization exclusively committed to the provision of community-based alternatives to out-of-home care through direct service, advocacy and policy change since 1975.   More
"Safely Home" Film

Change does happen and it happens with the kids people most likely do not want to work with... Those are our kids.

April Curtis, YAP Program Director
DEC 2018

YAP Appoints New Board Members, Affirming its Commitment to Providing Alternatives to Youth Incarceration/Institutional Placement and Advancing Systems Reform

Upholding its strategy to expand its proven youth incarceration/institutional placement model while advancing social and justice system reform YAP has added five more game changers to its Board of Directors...
DEC 2018

YAP Positioned to Serve as Alternative to Lock-Up for Youth Released from New York’s Adult Prison

At age 37, Anton Cannatella speaks of a former Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. participant as he would a younger brother, nephew or even son...
DEC 2018

Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Delivers Holiday Love

Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. advocates are going above and beyond this holiday season..