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Juvenile Justice Services    Fact Sheet

For over 40 years, YAP has proven that high-risk youth involved in the juvenile justice system can safely and effectively be served in home and community-based settings at a fraction of the cost of out-of-home placements. YAP offers alternatives to detention and state incarceration, supports youth post-adjudication to help with compliance and other needs, and also provides reintegration support for youth transitioning out of these placements.

YAP continually evolves services to meet new needs that emerge for youth involved within the juvenile justice system, but most of our programming is designed for the purposes below.

Diversion: to divert youth from formal system involvement.

Pre-Adjudication: to prevent formal detention while ensuring community safety.

Post-Adjudication: to prevent incarceration in prisons, jails or other residential or secure facilities.

Re-Entry: to promote safety and support to youth transitioning back to the community from institutional placement.

Further, YAP has helped jurisdictions meet the needs of specific populations within their system such as:

YAP’s programs provide intensive supervision and support in the home, school and community. Direct service hours and the frequency of contact can be stepped up or down as needed and based on the level of risk. YAP staff are accessible 24/7, able to respond to crises at any location. Safety, scheduling youth time with pro-social activities, accountability, restorative justice, and an emphasis on education and employment are a key component of YAP's juvenile justice programming.  YAP has even developed an specific intervention called Supported Work to nurture the development of hard and soft skills through short-term opportunities with local employers.

Prevention and Diversion Services
Our Preventive Services work with youth at risk of further penetration into the juvenile justice system or at risk of being placed out of home.  Services focus on community safety, youth accountability, life skill development, and pro-social connections.

Alternatives to Detention
Our Alternative to Detention Programs keep children and youth out of detention facilities by providing intensive supervision and support in their homes, school and community.  Research shows community-based programming is more successful in rehabilitating youth and reducing recidivism than incarceration.

Truancy Intervention
YAP's Truancy Intervention Program works intensively with youth and their parents/caregivers to increase school attendance, positive in-school behavior, academic performance and the relationship between the school and the family, while also supporting the family with concrete and pro-social needs. Fact Sheet 

Gang Intervention/Violence Prevention
YAP offers intervention services for youth and young adults engaged in or at risk of being engaged in gang involvement. Our gang intervention program addresses the risk factors that often lead young people to join gangs and works with home, community, court and school systems to divert youth from gang involvement and redirect them to productive, sustainable paths.  Fact Sheet

Our Reintegration Programs helps youth returning from correctional facilities or other residential treatment facilities to safely and successfully re-enter their home and school environments through intensive supervision and support in their home, school and community. Fact Sheet 

Day Treatment and Reporting Centers
YAP offers programming during the day and in the evening on-site that provide evidence-based curricula and therapies and also focuses on education, employment and life skill development.
YAP currently has juvenile justice programs in 18 states and the District of Columbia, including:

YAP services 4,623 youth and families annually in the juvenile justice system.

  • Over 80% of  youth are youth of color
  • Over 70% of youth are aged 13 or older (we serve youth as young as age 10)
  • 86% of youth remain arrest free while in the program
  • 89% of youth were not adjudicated of new charges while in the program
  • 88% were attending school or a GED program or had completed high school or a GED program at discharge
  • 80% of youth do not recidivate post-discharge
  • 93% of youth remain in the community at discharge

To learn more about our outcomes for these youth, click here.

Additionally, in 2014, YAP juvenile justice involved youth were analyzed by the Research and Evaluation Center of the John Jay College of Juvenile Justice. For more information, read the four issue briefs.