Offering a premium program to teach at risk teens
to advocate for themselves and take control of their futures requires
a team approach that values creativity, inclusion, and concrete
Betsy Krebs, Esq.– Co-Founder & Executive
Collaborating with teens, child welfare professionals, advocates,
lawyers, and professionals in the private sector, Betsy has led
the development of YAC’s program to help teens succeed through self-advocacy
education for over ten years. In 2005 she was elected to the Ashoka
Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs, in recognition of her vision
and work at Youth Advocacy Center. Before starting Youth Advocacy
Center, she worked as an attorney representing foster care children.
Betsy has authored columns, articles and publications for and about
teenagers in foster care and about self-advocacy. Ms. Krebs received
her JD from Harvard Law School.
Paul Pitcoff, Esq.– Co-Founder & Director
Working with teens and a range of professionals at YAC, Paul developed
and oversees the implementation of the Getting Beyond the System
self-advocacy education model. Paul has forty years of experience
working with young people, as a college professor, filmmaker and
attorney. Paul is founding chair of the Department of Communications
at Adelphi University, where he held a tenured position for 20 years
and produced dozens of award-winning documentary films. Paul’s interest
in self-advocacy and teens developed after he graduated from Cardozo
Law School and briefly worked as an attorney representing foster
care children. Paul produced and directed Beyond the System,
2004, a video about YAC's informational interview.
Ann L. Shalof, Esq.– Associate Director
Ann joined the Youth Advocacy Center in August 2008. She is a former
publisher and small business owner, having run Allerton Press, Inc.
for more than twelve years. Her experience in business provides
her with a first-hand understanding of how to help young people
learn to connect their needs with those of their employers. Ann
is a graduate of Harvard Law School and, prior to joining Allerton
Press, practiced corporate law in New York. Ann initiated and directs
Youth Advocacy Center's GBS Seminars at Harvard Law School and Columbia
Annalisa Ortiz– Program Assistant
Annalisa is actively involved in supporting Youth Advocacy Center's
efforts to empower teens to prepare for the transition to adulthood
and to bring the Getting Beyond the System® Self-Advocacy
Seminar to transitioning youth. Annalisa graduated from the University
of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences.
Kendall Franklin - Youth Outreach Coordinator
Mr. Franklin graduated from the GBS Self-Advocacy Seminar in the
spring of 2005 and then became an intern at Youth Advocacy Center.
Kendall joined the staff in 2007 and has been an integral part of
Youth Advocacy Center’s outreach efforts. His efforts are
geared towards helping Youth Advocacy Center reach and benefit even
more of America’s youth. Kendall is a recent graduate of Hunter
College and holds a B.S. in accounting.