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Youth Advocacy Project K-12
YAPContact Leads

Contact information below:

Volunteer Lead - JMarie Johnson-Kola -
Resource Lead - Jesie Holden -
Leadership Development and Mentor Lead - Karissa Thompson -

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We are committed to finding ways to assist our youth in seeking hope and purpose in their lives by equipping them with tools and resources they will need to succeed. We feel we can best meet their needs through partnering with the Puyallup School District and other established organizations such as YMCA Youth Investment Center, Mountain View Community Center, Puyallup Food Bank, Communities in Schools as well as Local Service Clubs and Churches.

We will continue to inspire community members and other service clubs to join hands in lifting our children up, restoring hope, and helping them find purpose.

Meetings are held on a quarterly basis. We will have a work group meeting when projects are underway.

Needs uncovered in past meetings:
All Schools without high% of free and reduced lunch program - Breakfast bar program:

Elementary - Nourishment (morning snacks for kids and backpack program), tutoring, career days, possible Kelso's Choice (an anti-bullying program).

Middle School - FLAWLESS (an empowerment program for young ladies) looking for a similar program for your men.

High School - Career opportunities and mentoring, assemblies for empowerment and self-esteem, and speakers for their home room time.

Organizations involved: Mountain View Community Center, YMCA Youth Investment Center, Communities in Schools, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America, The One Another Foundation, and many other local business owners.

We are looking for other services clubs, community organizations, and businesses to partner with our youth!

Contact Rotary Club Past President Karissa Thompson at for more information.

Project Director
Karissa Thompson

Updates to Webpage
Shelley Massey

YAP Meetings 2020-21 - TBD

Time & Location: TBD

New Program to YAP

L.E.A.D. (Logistically Empowering Advanced Development) Program: YAP is partnering with YMCA on an 8 week program where we will be teaching your adults things like Emotional Intelligence, Working with Diverse Personalities, Being Worth Investing In, What Employers are Looking For, Civic Leadership, and How to Make Your Voice Heard, How Puyallup Works, and What are the Pillars and Non-Profits in Our Community. There will be 3 sessions a year and have 5 students from each High School.

Look for more information to come out about L.E.A.D. celebrations