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YiP International
Create to liberate young people in conflict with the law
What
YiP is an international NGO that enables children and young people in conflict with the law to contribute positively to society through creative and sports development programmes, in prison and after release. YiP runs advocacy initiatives for and with young people in conflict with the law. 

Why
Young in Prison envisions a world in which children and young people in conflict with the law get a fair chance to realise their potential to positively contribute to society.

How
YiP believes that creativity liberates the potential of every child in conflict with the law to contribute positively to society. Since 2002 YiP has been working with young prisoners, leading to the development of the COPOSO method: Contributing Positively to Society. COPOSO is based on the values of positivity, creativity, equality, inspiration, transparancy and honesty. YiP believes in working on a personal level with young people and providing high energy workshops.

Organisational structure
YiP International has programmes in 5 countries over three continents: Colombia, Kenya, Malawi, the Netherlands and South Africa. YiP International works with local branches to develop and run each programme. More information about this is available under the Our Work tab.

Together these local branches create a network of knowledge exchange. This network is expanding via online platform Innnovate2Empower, with the aim of collaborating and innovating with other organisations.

The YiP Foundation organises the fundraising for all YiP programmes internationally and is based in the Netherlands. One example - the YiPArt photo auction - allows art lovers to contribute financially to our work through buying art. YiP also has other financers and sponsors, which you can read about under our Partners and Sponsors tab. 

Impact
In 2014 YiP organised 1410 workshops attended by 2126 participants; 2 roundtables involving 150 policy makers; 3 theater productions; 5 art expositions; and 474 post-release sessions.

The impact of YiP’s work is best described by the young people it helps:

“… it is like an escape from the tunnel, or rather the cage which I’m in. I feel calm because it is not therapy, but finding oneself.”

“Since working with YiP, hope has grown in my heart.”

“These workshops help me to recognise my skills, and I’ve learned that if you really want to, you can achieve something beautiful.”

“[The day of the end presentations in prison] was an important day for me because I was singing for my mother and she was very happy to see a change in me. Young in Prison gave us some time to speak to our parents so I asked my mother to forgive me for what I had done and she did.”

“This [a chain to symbolise how connected he felt to others] is the symbol of WE, when we were there working together. I enjoyed it so much, I couldn’t stop smiling. It was so nice.”

“It is not a non-profit organisation, it is home.”

“The moment they gave me my certificate, I had such a big smile on my face. When I get out of prison the certificate will remind me of my achievement, and the people who saw me getting my certificate.”

“I discovered that I am good at expressing my emotions through graffiti, as I’m not good with words. Thank you for always being there and helping me build new ideas for my life.”

Support YiP
Support YiP - become a donor! A small contribution from you can make a big difference for the young people we work with. Please support YiP in any way you can. Check out the Support YiP tab to see how you can contribute.
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