Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.: School-Based ServiceS A PARTNERSHIP WITH yap AND FORT WORTH ISD. Mission Statement.
Our 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.
Five Guiding Principles
“…the transformations that YAP’s Advocates were able to inspire in their clients were often stunning.” – Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed
YAP School-Based Programs
130 worker competencies based on high fidelity wraparound
Paid “natural helpers” recruited from the same communities as the youth and families
Mentoring can have positive outcomes on:
*Theokas & Lerner, 2006; **Rhodes, Spencer, Keller, Liang, & Noam, 2006; DuBois, Holloway, Valentine, and Cooper, 2002
Peaceful Alternatives to Tough Situations (PATTS) is a school-based aggression management program designed to help students increase positive conflict resolution skills, increase the ability to forgive transgressions, and reduce aggressive behavior.
PATTS Curriculum Outline
Services Provided: Wrap-around advocacy/mentoring.
Goal: To minimize disciplinary and truancy issues while increasing academic performance and parental engagement.
Target Population: Middle and high school students with chronic absenteeism, disciplinary problems, academic problems and lack of parental support.
Schools: J.P. Elder, Meacham and Kirkpatrick Middle Schools and Diamond Hill-Jarvis and North Side High Schools.
Students served: 25 students at any given time for 5 hours per week at the home, school and community settings.
Number Served Annually: 100 students per year.
Average length of stay in YAP is 90 days. The program is year round.
Service Delivery Process:
"Since Elementary school I have had a clear vision of what I wanted to do with my life. That vision, coupled with my own struggles and experiences, has given rise to a deep passion for helping at-risk youth…"
-excerpt from Scholarship winner Malcolm Robertson’s Application letter
Chicago Public Schools 2012 Outcomes:
Allegheny County, PA Truancy Program 2012-2013 Outcomes:
Mary Merino, Director, TCAP NFW
Gary Ivory, Southwest President
National Director of Program Development