#PartnerTuesdays: YOACAP

March 18, 2014

UAC Program Partner Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program (YOACAP) aims to enhance the quality of life for Philadelphians through community-based and competent interventions. YOACAP offers after-school programs for youth, free and confidential HIV/STD testing, and job assistance. YOACAP’s programs are grouped within four major organizational units: Behavioral Health, Youth & Family Preservation, Media Health Promotions and Research, Program Development & Evaluation.

Through YOACAP’s after- school program Project Build high school students are taught life skills to help them become better leaders and better students. In addition to its youth engagement efforts, YOACAP has broadened its prevention and intervention projects by using a holistic, research approach to reduce the number of youth and young adults participating in high-risk health and personal behaviors. YOACAP offers free and confidential HIV/STD testing at 1207 Chestnut Street from 9am-5pm, Mondays-Fridays. YOACAP also offers testing during non-traditional hours at their mobile units located around the city.

To help those who have been formerly incarcerated, YOACAP partners with a number of programs to provide educational services, drug programs, job readiness programs, and parenting classes.  YOACAP provides low-cost computer training to assist participants in enhancing their technical skills.  Computer training classes are held over an eight-week period and are conveniently scheduled one day a week at three locations throughout the city.

YOACAP strives to engage with the communities that it serves. YOACAP works with Community Advisory Groups (CAGS) to help meet the needs of the community. CAGS identify problem areas in neighborhoods and provide valuable information for YOACAP. Through working with CAGS and other partner organizations, YOACAP provides outreach in the following the areas: parts of southwest and north Philadelphia, Nicetown, Kensington, and Frankford.

For more information, visit www.yoacap.org. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @YOACAPphilly.