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Youth Advocate Programs (YAP™), Inc. is the leading nonprofit provider of trauma-informed services that reduce the nation’s overreliance on youth incarceration, residential care, and group home foster placements. We partner with public systems to provide community- based wraparound and behavioral health services as an alternative to out-of-home placement and to help make neighborhoods safer.

Our Services

  • Youth
  • Child
  • Behavioral
  • Developmental Disabilities
    and Autism
  • Community Violence Intervention (CVI)
    and School Safety

Our unique, evidence-based individual and family YAPWrap™ Youth Justice model is a safer, more effective alternative to detention and incarceration and gives our Diversion program participants tools that keep them out of the system. Delivered by neighborhood-based Advocates, YAP’s unique community-based service delivery model empowers participants to see and nurture their strengths and addresses the economic, educational, and emotional needs of them and their families.


YAP’s individualized Child Welfare services are community-based alternatives to group home placements. Using our strength-based YAPWrap™ services approach, we work with youth and their families, guardians and/or fictive kin, focusing on program participants’ safety, permanency, and well-being.


YAP’s trauma-informed culturally/linguistically responsive Behavioral Health programs apply principes of our YAPWrap™ community-based services model. Receiving referrals from public and behavioral health systems as well directly from Medicaid-eligible families, our mobile services may include in-home and school-based programming, group therapy, youth empowerment services (YES Waiver), or intensive outpatient programming/day treatment.


Applying principles from our YAPWrap™ services model, we provide community-based services for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. Working with program participants and their families, we develop individualized service plans centered on meaningful decision-making, self-determination, and community inclusion, outside of residential facilities.


Combining our YAPWrap™ individual and family wraparound services with public health Community Violence Intervention (CVI) approaches and/or trauma-informed therapeutic models, we serve youth and adults at the highest-risk of violence engagement, including gang-affiliated individuals, people returning from incarceration, and those who have recently lost a loved one to gun violence and might be at risk for retaliating.

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3899 North Front St.
Harrisburg, PA 17110

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