The Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project was created created in 2004. YASP has provided ongoing, year-round workshops for youth under 18 in the Philadelphia Prison System’s adult jails and continued support and leadership development for youth who have come home from those jails. During that time, YASP has hired many young people who were previously incarcerated in the adult jails to assume leadership roles as primary decision-makers in the organization. In doing so, YASP has transformed into a truly youth-led organization.

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