Board of Trustees
Mubarak Awad is Founder and President of the Youth Advocate Program International, and Founder and Former President of the National Youth Advocate Program, which was established in 1978 and has served tens of thousands of children and families in the United States. He is also the President and Founder of Nonviolence International. He has dedicated his work and life to promoting non-violent action and advocacy for children. Born in Palestine, Dr. Awad was educated in the United States where he received degrees in sociology, psychology, and social work. He is an Adjunct Professor at The American University, in Washington, DC, and is an internationally recognized expert in the field of non-violent strategic action as well as a child welfare services practitioner and advocate.
Head of the Human Rights Action Center in Washington, DC, Jack Healey is a well-known leader in the international human rights movement. He served for twenty years as the Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, a role in which he produced numerous celebrity tours and music concerts, including the organizing of the first charity walkathon in the United States. Prior to that, Mr. Healey was the Peace Corp Director in Lesotho, in southern Africa, and Director of Freedom from Hunger.
Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University for Peace of the UN, Mary Elizabeth King is also Distinguished Scholar at the American University Center for Global Peace, in Washington, D.C. During the Carter administration, King had responsibility for the Peace Corps, and she remains a special adviser to former President Jimmy Carter. King, an expert on non-violent strategic action in political conflicts, holds a Ph.D. in international politics from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth. Her book, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr: The Power of Nonviolent Action (1999, 2002), on nine contemporary nonviolent political movements demonstrates the influence of Gandhian principles. In 1988, she won a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement (1987), an account of her four years working in the U.S. civil rights movement alongside the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (no relation). In 2003, she was awarded the Jamnalal Bajaj Prize, given annually for the advancement of Gandhian values worldwide. Previous winners of the Bajaj International Award include Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Professor Sir Joseph Rotblat of the United Kingdom, and Professor Johan Galtung of Norway. In January 2004, she became Visiting Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, England.
Dr. Said is the senior ranking professor at American University and the first occupant of the endowed Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace. He founded the university-wide Center for Global Peace, which undertakes a range of activities, both on and off campus, aimed at advancing our understanding of world peace. He also is the founding director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Division at American University. Abdul Aziz Said holds a BA, MA, and PhD from American University.
Board of Senior Advisors and Consultants
The Youth Advocate Program International’s Board of Senior Advisors and Consultants supports and at times generates YAP International’s work. The Board represents a variety of backgrounds and experience that contribute to maintaining high quality programs and to the implementation of YAP International’s mission. Its members, as well as YAP International’s senior staff may, on agreed upon terms, be made available to provide technical assistance, consultation, and program development expertise to organizations and agencies worldwide. Contact us for more information.
Its members also facilitate communication with international organizations and NGOs and institutions of learning around the world . The membership is selected and appointed by the YAP International Board of Trustees.
For almost two decades Bill Espinosa served as counsel to the National Youth Advocate Program and its numerous affiliates, supporting their child and family services, advocacy for children’s right and management. Before and during that period Bill practiced law with a large international firm He then maintained a private legal practice focused on government procurement, nonprofit organizations and international transactions. He authored or coauthored numerous publications and spoke at professional conferences in the U. S. and abroad on topics such as the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement and the impact of US anti-terror regulations on NGO’s operations abroad. Bill spent several years at the Agency for International Development where he served on an interagency working group that managed foreign assistance legislation. He served as the legal advisor to the US delegation in the establishment of the multi-billion International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and to a large earthquake reconstruction program. Subsequently, he served as a director and Executive Vice President of the Foundation for Global Broadcasting supporting its educational and humanitarian programs. Bill was the creator of a widely sold environmental board game. Bill is a graduate of Harvard College and the Georgetown University Law Center where he was Executive Editor of its international law review. He grew up in Colombia and is fluent in Spanish. He has worked extensively in Latin America and Europe. Bill has two sons and two stepsons and for many years served as a volunteer soccer coach.