Youth Advocacy Foundation

Youth Advocacy Foundation

Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

This year, YAF's 18th Annual Spring Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019

We’re excited to announce we have a new platform for learning more about the event, purchasing tickets and sponsorships, and participating in our silent auction!

Click here, or visit to check it out!


Apply to Be a Part of #TeamYAF Today

Interested in running the Boston Marathon?

John Hancock has selected YAF to be part of their Marathon Non-Profit Partner Program for the second year in a row! We are looking for runners for #TeamYAF for the 2019 Boston Marathon—apply here today to be a part of Team YAF! Applications are due by Friday, October 26th at 5:00p.m.

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YAF is hiring a Development and Communications intern! Check out our blog to read the internship description and learn how to apply!

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2018 Annual Spring Celebration

The Youth Advocacy Foundation is pleased to announce the following event sponsors:

Thank you for your support


Thomas Boreiko and Alison Coolidge

Joshua Dohan and Patricia Garin

Kenneth Parsigian and Susan Shay Mayer

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Krishna Ramaswamy

The Treco Foundation



The Dohan-Strek Family

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To see the full list of event sponsors, please visit our event page here.


For many students, trouble at school can lead to their first contact with the criminal justice system. When schools suspend or expel a student, it increases the chance they will fall behind or drop out. Often, police become involved in school disciplinary matters. This is what experts call the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

All youth deserve full rights and the protection of a fair and equal justice system. At YAF, we know that means keeping students in school and out of the court system. We advocate for students and families dealing with education or court issues. By breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline, we give kids a chance to grow into caring and healthy adults. We also raise awareness of policy issues that affect court-involved children.


Do you need advice on an education matter?


Contact the EdLaw Helpline at 617-910-5829, email or fill out the form below:

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