We hire neighborhood-based Advocates that help to keep local dollars and resources in the communities we serve. YAP Advocates are credible messengers, 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 family and what they identify as their needs, hopes and interests, they help youth to learn new skills and connect them to meaningful supports in their community: they identify neighborhood businesses where young people can gain work experience (at no cost to the business); and nonprofits where young people and their parents and guardians can access educational, workforce and other training and basic needs resources that are fundamental to strengthening program participants’ family foundation.
YAP Advocates 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.
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 and contributes to creating healthy and vibrant communities.