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YAP's National Policy Director, Shaena Fazal, discusses the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) in an op-ed piece published by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. Almost 40 years ago, Congress enacted the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), the bedrock federal juvenile justice law that sets national standards for youth in the system. The law prohibits states from incarcerating youth in adult jails with limited exception, requires states to deinstutionalize...
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The Cost of Disconnection

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YAP's National Policy Director Shaena Fazal is the guest writer in this blog posted in The Chronicle for Social Change highlighting the social and economic cost of "disconnected youth" and what YAP does- and what other communities can do!- to help them change their life trajectories.Originally published in the Chronicle of Social Change on August 14, 2013 As of 2011, 6.7 million youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 are disconnected from school or work. About half are "chronicall...
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Today the National Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC), a collaboration of many organizations working together to develop consensus on federal juvenile justice policy, released its recommendations to the 113th Congress, Promoting Safe Communities. As part of the NJJDPC Coalition, Youth Advocate Program, Inc. (YAP) urges Congress to act on these recommendations.As noted in the recommendations: On any given night, approximately 70,000 youth are placed in secure confineme...
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YAP Heads (Back) to Washington

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YAP's Policy and Advocacy Center was highlighted in a recent article in The Chronicle of Social Change.
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YAP's Policy & Advocacy Center submitted written testimony to Senator Durbin's Subcommittee Hearing on the School to Prison Pipeline. The written testimony summarizes YAP's community-based approach to ending the pipeline, improving outcomes for youth, keeping schools safe and saving communities dollars. Read the report here.
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