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Youth Advocacy Project (YAP)

The Youth Advocacy Project aims to leverage the skills and dedication of both social policy and practice students and law students to provide comprehensive support to youth prosecuted as adults. We work directly with The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project to advance its mission to develop holistic, humanizing narratives that mitigate the facts of each case; get cases transferred to the juvenile system; and make crucial connections to community resources providing education, healthcare, housing, and employment YAP works with youth in Philadelphia who are facing adult criminal charges. Children and their families work with the Youth Advocacy Project to convey to judges that a young person should not be defined by the crimes of which they are accused. YAP aims to communicate a fuller picture of each child’s life and highlight their strengths, resiliency, and capacity to change. YAP also continues to support the young person once he or she returns to the community.  However, we expect fellows to uphold their commitments to our clients, which means showing up for in person meetings with the youth and their family, collecting records, and drafting timely mitigation reports. Around report writing time, you can expect to spend more time on this project, but you will have a strong team of at least three people supporting you.  Fellows report that they love this project because at its core, this work is about humanization. Fellows learn about the young person in a holistic way—they learn about the youth’s background, present, and future goals. This project also connects law and social policy and practice students with families throughout Philadelphia.

Co-Founders/Co-Directors: Elizabeth Levitan & Martha Hanna

 

Student Leaders

Ariana Brill President
Bradie Williams Development Chair
Jesse McGleughlin Case Director
Lelabari Giwa-Ojuri Case Chair
Shannon Reid Case Chair