This agency was founded in 1975 to provide direct services to youth returning from Camp Hill Prison in Pennsylvania. To this day, their primary focus is providing direct service to vulnerable and high need youth and families. Annually, they serve more than 20,000 families a year through programs in over 100 counties in 28 states. Their continuum of programming has diversified over the years from providing support to youth involved in the juvenile justice system to also working with youth and families in the child welfare system, with behavioral health needs, with developmental disabilities, with school and educational challenges, and, most recently, with adults in the justice system.
Through the direct service experience, YAP identified needs that led to expanding activities. YAP also promotes their mission through advocacy and policy change, training, consultation, and fundraising.
Advocacy and Policy Change
YAP’s youth and family empowerment and self-advocacy officially launched in 2009 with our VOICE initiative. Their commitment to the mantra “Nothing about us without us” continues today, with advocacy activities following under our Policy and Advocacy Center (PAC). Launched in 2012, the PAC works to influence public policy through advocacy and collaboration with other like-minded organizations.
Training & Consultation
Since 1991, YAP has helped “change the hearts and minds” of jurisdictions, schools, like-minded organizations and the broader public through providing training, consultation, technical assistance and education. YAP’s ASSET Network- Autism and Developmental Disability Services, Supports, Education and Training- helps inform and shape attitudes and approaches to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and autism through training and consultation.
Investing in Futures
In 2004, YAP started our Youth Endowment Fund. The purpose of the fund is to support our youth and families in pursuing college or vocational schools to advance their skills and economic opportunities. The Endowment began awarding scholarships in 2007. Since its inception, YAP staff have raised over $860,000 for the Endowment and awarded 52 scholarships, 6 in the last six months alone. Over 100 YAP employees contribute to this fund through weekly payroll deductions.
3000 Joe DiMaggio
Round Rock, 78665, TX
Accessible Location: Yes
|Type of Organization||Other|
|Categories||Advocacy, Counseling, Mental Health, Special Education, Teen Activity, Trainings, Volunteer Opportunity|
|Spanish Services Offered?||Yes|
|Child Care Available?||No|
|Age Range||All ages|
|Disability Categories||Developmental Disability, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Mental Health Disorder|
|This organization pertains to all disabilities?||No|
|This organization pertains to these specific diagnoses|
|Is this a statewide service?||Yes|
|Contact Name||Tiffany Herms|