The University of Minnesota Youth and AIDS Projects (YAP) was founded in 1989, with a mission to prevent transmission of HIV to and from high-risk youth and to provide care to youth and families living with HIV infection. The governing philosophy is that adolescents can and do make responsible health-related decisions, given appropriate resources and support. YAP programs are grounded in the belief that HIV-related services for youth must be developmentally appropriate, culturally competent, coordinated, and family-centered in order to be effective. YAP is administratively housed in the Medical School, Department of Infectious Disease and International Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
As both a University- and community-based organization, YAP intertwines service provision, research, and teaching in all aspects of programming.