We hire neighborhood-based, culturally responsive Advocates and mobile behavioral health professionals, which helps to keep local dollars and resources in the communities we serve. YAP Advocates are skilled in engaging youth and families. They meet program participants and their parents and guardians where they are and provide them with tools to lead and direct their individual and family service plans.
Led by the program participant and family and what they identify as their needs, hopes and interests, frontline YAP staff connect youth with tools that empower them to learn new skills and introduce them to people and places that provide meaningful supports in their community. Advocates, for example, identify neighborhood businesses where young people can gain work experience (at no cost to the business). YAP staff also connect program participants with other nonprofits where young people and their parents and guardians can access educational, workforce and other training, along with basic needs resources, that are fundamental to strengthening program participants’ family foundation.
YAP’s work is built on a foundation of research demonstrating that people do better throughout life when they have support where they live, work, learn and play.
Having access to positive relationships, spaces, opportunities, and services, empowers individuals and families, which contributes to creating healthy and vibrant communities.