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YAP partners with families to move them from where they are to where they want to be by providing intensive, unconditional support through our YAP Wrap model. Our model is comprehensive and holistic, utilizing best practices and core principles found in the wraparound, mentoring, restorative justice and positive youth development fields.
YAP works with families to increase their ability to self-manage and safely problem-solve their needs; develops their competencies and skills; and simultaneously builds their network of community support. Our approach is strength-based and focuses on meeting needs and replacing challenges with positive, pro-social activities and supports.
We specialize in engaging system involved youth and families, balancing mandates and other system requirements with youth and family “voice and choice:" empowering them to have a say in their plan and giving them meaningful choices.
The central tenets of our delivery model:
YAP spends individual time with each youth and family and their team of professional and non-professional supports to develop a plan that identifies the youth and family’s strengths, assets, challenges and needs. The plan is then implemented with the support of paid, trained and supervised community “Advocates."
The "how" of what we do will vary with each youth we work with because our plans are individualized. But overall, what we do is simple: we do whatever it takes.