YAP Assists Youth in Finding and Securing Employment

by Douglas Evans and Sheyla Delgado Research & Evaluation Center August 2014 Employment serves a number of positive functions in the lives of youth. Jobs promote hard work and time management, assist in the development of skills, offer job experience that can benefit future career options, and provide a source of income. Youth are at a disadvantage in the job market because they have school obligations that minimize their availability to work and they lack significant job experience. Justice-involved youth face even more difficulties gaining employment and many become chronically unemployed. YAP Advocates help clients to gain job experience and…

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Youth Realize Educational Gains Following Their Participation in YAP

by Douglas Evans and Sheyla Delgado Research & Evaluation Center July 2014 Justice-involved youth are at high risk for failing or dropping out of school. Behavioral problems and difficulties at home increase their likelihood of suspension and expulsion. Mandated court appearances and out-of-home placements require youth to miss extended periods of school. Substance abuse, bullying, and learning disabilities also deter youth from attending and completing school. YAP Advocates work with youth to encourage their academic growth and support meaningful educational outcomes. Education is important for youth who are at risk of justice system involvement. It is associated with a reduced…

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YAP Helps to Keep Youth Out of Secure Facilities

by Douglas Evans and Sheyla Delgago Research & Evaluation Center June 2014 Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) seeks to provide community-based alternatives for high-risk youth and reduce the juvenile justice system’s over-reliance on expensive and ineffective out-of-home placements. A mission of YAP is to keep youth in their homes so that advocates can utilize family and community resources to support youth clients. Living at home is important because it facilitates community engagement, which is essential for the health, well-being, and overall development of youth. Although it is not always possible to keep adjudicated youth in their homes, living at home…

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YAP’s Approach to Wrap-Around Services Appears Intensive and Flexible

  Evans, Douglas and Sheyla Delgado (May 2014). YAP’s Approach to Wrap-around Services Appears Intensive and Flexible. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) provides advocacy services driven by strengths- and empowerment-based wrap-around best practices. Services and supports are targeted to support high risk youth and their families in the community to reduce reliance on institutional interventions. The Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay College examined a sample of 3,523 juvenile justice referred cases involving young people between the ages of 11 and 18 years old…

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Most High Risk Youth Referred to YAP, Inc. Remain Arrest Free

Evans, Douglas and Sheyla Delgado (April 2014). Most High Risk Youth Referred to Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. Remain Arrest Free and in their Communities During YAP Participation. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) has been committed to providing community-based alternatives to out-of-home care through direct service and advocacy. YAP serves a high-risk population of youths as evidenced by their legal involvement and history of out-of-home placements. Analyses of YAP’s internal databases indicate that the vast majority of YAP clients remain in their homes during…

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