Recognizing our Outstanding Staff:
Longtime Cumberland County, NJ Youth Advocate Anna Mae Jeffers Brady received "The Extraordinary Compassion Award" from the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies. The award is considered one of the most prestigious in the state. Ms. Anna Mae has worked with YAP as an Advocate for almost twenty-five years!
In the News:
The Sharon Herald reported that school attendance rates have increased and linked the improvement to our Mercer County, PA Truancy Program.
A new job program in Hudson County, NJ that will provide employment to juveniles released from detention facilities was profiled in The Jersey Journal.
The San Angelo Standard Times profiled our work with high-risk youth in Tom Green County, TX.
YAP's program in Oswego, NY, focusing on keeping kids and families together, was featured in The Valley News.
A YAP Vice-President had an op ed published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to oppose the draconian cuts to services for children with autism in Pennsylvania. PA leadership is also leading a letter writing campaign, organizing parents to write and reach out to policymakers.
CBS News and ABC News in Chicago covered YAP's Stop the Violence Tour on Chicago's South Side last week. The tour is a way for our youth to give back by contributing to the non-violent movement in the city. Illinois staff reports that the Tour so far has reached 2,000 youth!