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Monday 6th of July 2020


Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.


North America, United States

TypeCountry of originConstitution

Association United States1975


Justice, Juvenile, Minors, Programs


YAP values its relationships with youth, families and referring entities and therefore takes its work very seriously. YAP is committed to providing ethical and high quality services, and continually seeks opportunities to improve. As such, they structure themselves with systems and practices that set forth guidelines that can be monitored, corrected and/or revised as needed.

Their mission is to provide individuals who are, have been or may be subject to compulsory care with the opportunity to develop, contribute and be valued as assets so that communities have safe, proven effective and economical alternatives to institutional placement.


YAP is a nationally recognized, non-profit organization exclusively committed to the provision of community-based alternatives to out-of-home care through direct service, advocacy and policy change.

Since its founding in 1975, its expertise and passion have been in serving deep-end, multi-need and cross-system youth and families, though they have success across a continuum of needs and challenges. The organization provides safe, cost-effective services to youth and families involved in numerous systems, including the Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, Education and Adult Systems.

They serve over 13,000 families a year in more than 100 programs across 18 states in rural, suburban and urban areas including 25 major metro areas. Since the beginning in 1975, 100% of their programming occurs in the home communities of the people they serve.

Contact details

2007 North 3rd Street , 17102, Harrisburg, PA, United States
Telephone: 717.232.7580 - Fax: 717.233.2879


  • International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO). Belgian Public Utility Foundation

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  • Head Office: Rue Armand Campenhout, nº 72 bte 10. 1050. Brussels. Belgium

    Phone: 00 32 262 988 90. Fax: 00 32 262 988 99. oijj@oijj.org

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