The Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) works with court-involved youth to keep them safe and healthy in their homes, school, and communities. It provides case management, counseling, peer support groups, and engaging activities rooted in a youth development perspective. YAP assure that youth meet their court dates and abide by court mandates, while helping youth improve their family relations, maintain regular attendance in school, and address health and mental health issues. Programs include family support, health education/HIV prevention, academic, tutoring, visual arts, music, and leadership development.
YAP has strong and effective relationships with judges and other court personnel, as well as youth and their families. It employs accountability practices that are both clear to the courts and transparent to the youth. Methods include nightly curfew checks, regular interaction with schools to ensure and verify school attendance, home visits and regular reports to court. CCA notifies courts promptly when a significant violation of a court mandates occurs.
Eligibility: Youth are eligible if they are between 12 and 16 years old, and have been arrested for a felony offense, detained at a Juvenile Detention Center and charged with a felony committed before their 16th birthday (juvenile offender). The program may also serve 16-18 year olds who are charged with a felony or misdemeanor offense. Youth must also have a home in which they can reside during community monitoring.
Program site: Brooklyn NY
Youth with his grandmother at YAP graduation