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Youth Advocacy Project (YAP)

The Youth Advocacy Project works to keep children out of adult prisons and jails by providing comprehensive mitigation and support to youth prosecuted as adults.

What we do: 

Teams of law and social work students partner with clients and their families to develop mitigation reports or humanizing narratives of a person’s experience to present to prosecutors or judges. We work to transfer clients’ cases to the juvenile system and out of the criminal legal system, and make crucial connections to community resources providing education, healthcare, housing and employment.

How we do it:

In partnership with the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (YSRP), we work with youth in Philadelphia and surrounding counties who are criminally prosecuted as adults. Law and social work students work together to develop a mitigation report or humanizing narrative of a young person’s experience by meeting with family members, visiting the client, reading and analyzing records, and communicating a fuller picture of the client-partner’s life, so as to highlight their strengths, resiliency, and capacity to change. Each team develops a specific strategy to support and advocate for a young person based on their case, their needs, and their hopes for reentry.

How and when can I join:

Complete application in the fall semester, express interest by emailing YAP’s Co-Directors, Jesse McGleughlin and Lelabari Giwa.

What skills will I develop:

Working with vulnerable clients, legal writing, collaboration, project management

The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible.