Our Impact

YAP changes systems:

by bringing a YAP program into a community provides judges, probation officers, caseworkers and others with an option that safely supports and preserves families. Our model promotes individual and family wellbeing, community safety, decreased recidivism, and more effective and racially equitable systems.

YAP changes biographies:

by walking alongside families from where they live, learn, work and play, connecting them with tools to repair and rebuild, and empowering them through engagement with supportive people, places and activities within their community. We position people to see and nurture their strengths, realize their potential, and experience individual and family wellbeing, thus reducing their risks for negative outcomes.

YAP works in urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout the U.S., in lieu of costly and damaging out-of-home-placements.

A single-minded dedication to YAP's mission drives our tireless effort to expand our services in communities we serve and those where YAP can fill a void in the continuum of care. Our programs are designed to work with those individuals and families facing complex challenges who are at the highest risk for out-of-home placements, and adhering to our “no reject; no eject” policy, many of our program participants are those who might otherwise fall through the cracks. For more information about YAP, contact info@yapinc.org.



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87% participants were living safely in the community at discharge


88% participants were regularly attending school or graduated/GED at discharge
96% justice-involved participants were not convicted/adjudicated of a new offense while in the program

YAP's Evidence Base

Our growing research base confirms that YAP is making a positive difference in the lives of young people, families and within the systems that support them. YAP is a Gold Medal Program in Positive Youth Justice and recognized by the National Institute of Justice and by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention as “Promising.” Studies by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, the Urban Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and others that have shown that:

Increases Wellbeing

YAP significantly improves life skills, social connections, connections to school, and health family functioning.

Decreases System Involvement

YAP services reduce participant involvement in the criminal justice and child welfare systems and keep them safe at home with their families.

Saves Taxpayer Money

YAP offers safe, successful community-based programs at about half the cost of most out-of-home placements.