Youth Adult Participation Project
Who We Are
provides teens, ages 14-19, with the opportunity to meet
other students and youth from across Nassau County in
order to share their views on the many issues that effect
YAPP is free of charge to all participants.
What We Do
It is said that knowledge is
power. YAPPers gain knowledge in an experiential
way. What does that mean….?
Experiential learning means
learning from experience - “hands on” or learning by doing. The
learning process takes place in a non-traditional setting.
No, we don’t sit down at desks, read from books
and have teachers lecture from the front of the room.
As a matter of fact, it is the complete opposite. Youth
provide the ideas; and staff members provide training
The combination of leadership
training and community service YAPP volunteers experience
is what many employers and colleges are looking for;
but most importantly, youth experience the success
of being able to make a difference in their lives
and in their communities. Youth are trained to FACILITATE,
PLAN TRAININGS, to serve as LEADERS and ROLE MODELS,
as well as MEDIATORS… in
addition to planning and facilitating trainings and
community service learning activity committees.
Diversity, Leadership, Sexuality &
Relationships, Peer Pressure
“YAPP taught me that there
is more than one way of looking at a situation! Sometimes
you have to look at things in a few different ways
to get an answer.”
“In my experience as a
YAPPer, I have gained new knowledge in leadership,
communication, time management, and other various
skills. Training has allowed me to interact with
my peers, and discuss various issues that affect
other young adults around the world.”
For Further Information, please contact: Christina Aristilde (516) 227-7109 or email: Christina.Aristilde@hhsnassaucountyny.us
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View YAPP retreat 2008-2009 photos, click on this link
Training sessions take place in a group setting and help develop communication,
interaction skills and access to many resources that are available within
the community. Most importantly, YAPP trainings develop an awareness of issues
that affect young people across Nassau County.
Past trainings have included
topics such as: leadership, appreciating diversity,
sexuality, and the list goes on. Each year, training
changes based upon the input of the previous year’s
participants. Once youth are accepted into YAPP,
it becomes their program!
Second and third year members
are responsible for evaluating, designing and implementing
YAPP. In addition, members also serve on a committee
that designs and implements training for schools
and community agencies. Caucus members volunteer
in their schools and in community-based organizations.
Through the combination of leadership training and
community service, YAPP volunteers’ experience
is what many employers and colleges are looking for.
What is Community Service Learning?