People do better throughout their lives when they are empowered to access support and opportunities from within their communities to strengthen their social, emotional, financial and physical wellbeing. YAP engages in activities designed to create positive environments for program participants so that they can thrive as healthy, well-rounded and fully engaged members of their communities.
A significant step to empowering individuals and families to create the best possible environments for achieving their goals is to address barriers within communities that contribute to poor outcomes. YAP understands that structural bias and racism have contributed to disparities across systems, and that consequently, people of color are overrepresented in youth prisons, congregate child welfare, behavioral health and other out-of-home placements.
Detention, youth prison, and placements in congregate care separate youth from family and community. YAP’s community-based alternatives help program participants and their families achieve life skills and other goals in safe, supportive community environments.
YAP carries out our mission not only through direct services, but also in advocacy and policy change, training and consultation, and investing in communities.