Confronted with challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. has launched a special COVID-19 relief fund. A national nonprofit, YAP partners with youth justice, child welfare and other social services systems to provide community-based alternatives to youth prison and out-of-home placement in 29 states and the District of Columbia.
With the pandemic, YAP -- which marks its 45th anniversary this year -- faces its biggest challenge ever. While safe, socially distanced services continue, some program funding has disappeared.
“YAP program participants struggle during normal times. With the pandemic, the young people and families we serve are more at risk than ever,” said YAP CEO Jeff Fleischer. “How our nation emerges from this pandemic will be largely impacted by the outcomes of families and communities that were struggling before the crisis began.”