Youth Action Programs & Homes, Inc.

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Employment
  • Homeless & Housing


1325 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY 10029 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Youth Action Programs and Homes, Inc. (YAPH) is an East Harlem based organization that for over 30 years has acted on the belief that young people can be a powerful force for good in their neighborhood. Our mission is "to create a community of youth and young adults committed to taking responsibility for their own lives and for improving the larger community."


As mentioned above, the basic premise of YAPH is that young people can be a strong force for the good in their communities. We believe that youth have a clear perception of what's wrong in their community and in the world and have vivid ideas for constructive change, but in most cases lack the confidence and/or skills needed to carry them out. From our after school and summer prevention programs for our community's youngest citizens, to our comprehensive YouthBuild program for young adults, Youth Action works to empower young people to take an active role in decision-making at every level, and provides them with the skills and resources to succeed.


YouthBuild- YAPH YouthBuild is a unique and comprehensive approach to workforce development,youth empowerment and the creation of affordable housing. Our fulltime, 10 month program emphasizes academic and vocational training, leadership development, counseling and graduate services. YouthBuild participants spend 50% of their time at the school site (on-site at our facility) in an array of educational activities incl. academic classes, classroom construction skills training, and job readiness, 675 hours of community service, and computer training; and 50% of their time at the work site, learning construction skills as they assist in the renovation of affordable rental housing for homeless/low income families and individuals.

Leadership Development-Though our central youth program centers on education and workforce development, vital to provide opportunities for them to better their lives and participate in community life, YAPH provides ongoing development of their leadership skills through facilitated weekly workshops focusing on public speaking, human relations, networking, budgeting/ financial management, verbal communication, and overcoming obstacles.

Summer and After School Prevention Programs- These program are designed to promote social skills and increase resiliency and protective factors among at-risk youth, ages 6-13, through the dissemination of accurate, age appropriate information about alcohol, tobacco and marijuana and other drugs while promoting positive alternative such as arts, recreation and academics.

Housing Development and Management- Since 1984, YAPH has developed low-income housing and provided other housing-related services. YAPH YouthBuild trainees have directly participated in the rehabilitation of 125 units of affordable rental housing in East Harlem for low-income and previously homeless individuals and families, and a total of 15 commercial spaces. In addition through tenant engagement and development, a voice is given to those individuals and families who occupy our units, ensuring that their needs and concerns are being met.


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by Terrence P. (April 15, 2010)
I have been looking for awhile to get involed with a youth volunteer program. Although I grew up in a great home with a wonderful family back ground. I always seem to wonder what or how or who would I be if I didn't. I often see kids on the streets that come from broken homes and my heart goes out to them. Sometimes I speak, just to start small talk, to find out how theirs live have been and how can I change the bad to good in their lives. I find that a great deal of them are very smart and know to some degree what they want to do in life. But I also find that there is no support in their homes or in theirs live at all to give them that push. Thats where I feel that I come in. I find that a lot of them that I speak with have no fathers. I grew up all my life without mine, so I can truly feel their pain. I want to be that example to them, to show them that life goes on, and although we are our fathers childen we are not their choices. but we still can have life and live it.

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