Nov. 18, 2019 -- Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. hopes #YAPGivingTuesday2019 grabs the attention of people looking to invest in youth justice and child welfare reform. The campaign comes as the nonprofit provider of safe, effective community-based alternatives to youth incarceration and out-of-home care prepares for its 45th anniversary in 2020.
#YAPGivingTuesday2019 is part of a global Giving Tuesday nonprofit fundraising effort that began in 2012 as a charity option to complement Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
YAP Advocates, most of whom live in the neighborhoods of individuals and families they serve, provide intensive “Advocate mentoring” to empower young people and parents/guardians with individualized toolkits and connections to help them succeed personally and professionally. YAP serves 20,000 youth and families in more than 100 communities in 28 states and the District of Columbia and expects to expand to a half dozen more states by the end of 2020.
YAP will share social media messages and videos that tell stories of young people supported by the nonprofit. Below are a few examples of messages you can share:
“What Does YAP Mean to You?”
YAP is making proven changes in youth lives. Supporting us this #GivingTuesday allows YAP to continue to be a community to those in need.
“How has YAP
YAP provides hope, direction, and community to youth in need. Continuing to support YAP allows us to keep making changes like these in lives across the country.
“What are some positive changes in your life?”
YAP’s community based, on the ground approach equips young people with the tools they need to make positive changes that propel them to their goals.
“Would you recommend YAP to others?”
Giving to YAP helps connect young people to resources that support them to become the best version of themselves.
“What are your
Role models, police officers, architects, business owners – YAP provides support and connections for individuals to explore their interests and work towards their life goals.
“What are you
Young people do better when they are kept safely home and in a learning, community-based program that provides they support they need. YAP gives youth the chance to overcome when other systems have failed them.
For more information about Youth Advocate Programs and how you can support and participate in the #YAPGivingTuesday2019 campaign, please go to yapinc.org/donate.
Kelly D. Williams,
Chief Communications Officer
A story content provider about families, advocates and program practitioners on the front lines of the youth justice, child welfare and social services systems reform movement.