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Re-Entry/Aftercare Services - Multiple Positions

Program Description
Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) Re-Entry/Aftercare Services are designed to safely bring youth home from correctional or residential facilities. YAP’s services reduce risk factors for recidivism and promote community safety, youth accountability and youth well-being through the development of highly individualized service and safety plans that address the needs and strengths of each youth and their family. Our approach is rooted in the principles of wraparound planning, mentoring and positive youth development. We focus on the development of competencies and positive and prosocial behaviors, activities and relationships.

Core Elements of YAP Programming
• A “No Reject, No Eject” Policy for Youth
• 24/7 Staff Availability and Safety Planning
• Family Focus and Engagement
• Trauma-Informed Care
• Individualized Services based on Needs and Strengths
• Culturally and Linguistically Competent Staff
• Intensive, Face-to-Face Weekly Contact
• Services within the Home and Community
• Focus on Education and Employment
• Evidence-Based Group Interventions
• Opportunities to Give Back

Evidence of our Success
YAP has a 40+ year history of engaging high risk and high need youth and families within their homes and community with better outcomes- and at an average cost of $70/day- than facilities or other placements.
A recent issue brief from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice showed that 86% of YAP youth remained arrest-free while in the program, and 93% lived in the community at discharge. Between six and 12 months after their discharge from YAP, more than 87 percent of the sample was living in the community and less than five percent was in secure placement.

Young men and women aged 18-25 are at a developmentally important phase of life, shifting to independence and responsibility for employment, housing and romantic relationships. For many, barriers like childhood trauma and toxic stress, poverty and lack of access to quality education and positive support contribute to problems like under- or unemployment, justice involvement, and potential victimization or perpetration of violence.

Program Information
Chronic stress and/or trauma changes the brain, causing “fight or fight” responses to situations that aren’t actual threats. This type of reflexive and reactive response to situations can negatively impact people’s ability to enjoy success at work, in relationships or in community.

The hopeful news is that our brains continue to develop well into our mid-twenties. Reducing stressors and increasing positive supports help young adults to develop core life capabilities, such as focus, planning, self-control, social skills, awareness and flexibility.

YAP employs a number of strategies to position young adults who are surviving in adverse conditions to build their resilience. Universally, we engage people from the same communities, most of whom have shared lived experiences, to serve as Credible Messengers. This transformative relationship helps to motivate and inspire young adults while also supporting the foundation of trust necessary to help effect positive change.

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Last Updated: 8/26/21