YHTP: Crime/Safety Education FAQ
You Have the Power (YHTP) is a non-profit that empowers those victimized by crime through education, advocacy, and understanding.
I’m the victim of a crime. How can you help me?
Our founder, Andrea Conte, started You Have the Power as a resource for people like her who experienced a violent crime and felt bewildered by a criminal justice system that did not always consider her needs or her recovery process. Our first priority is giving crime victims knowledge, support, and a voice.
YHTP’s Crime Survivors Guide (available in English and Spanish) explains how the Tennessee criminal justice system works. It is carefully written with the victim and the victim’s family in mind. Topics covered include going to court, sentencing, victim impact statements, parole, the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry, and your rights as a victim of crime.
We can also provide connections to Family Safety Centers in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville, and to other agencies that provide victims of crime with counseling, information, and assistance meeting day-to-day needs during the recovery process.
Can you help me find a domestic violence shelter or other services?
Yes, we offer information on and referrals to shelters across the state of Tennessee, along with legal, counseling, and other resources. (We ourselves do not provide direct services, but we work with service providers throughout Tennessee.)
Check out our When Violence Hits Home resource guide, available in print and online (shelter resources start on page 22) or call us at (615) 292-7027.
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What does You Have the Power do?
You Have the Power is a nonprofit that empowers those victimized by crime through education, advocacy, and understanding. We provide crime victims with information on what to do and where to go next, and how they can work with investigators and authorities to get the best possible outcome.
Also, we educate the public to keep them from becoming victims in the first place. Our free resource guides and community presentations explain how crime happens, how to prevent it, and what to do if it affects you or the people you know.
But crime prevention doesn’t stop with current and potential victims. Our Victim Impact Curriculum helps offenders and parolees understand the impact of what they did, why they did it in the first place, and make better choices in the future. This curriculum also inspired a Youth Impact Curriculum for at-risk youth to keep them from committing serious offenses later.
What resource guides are available?
Our full collection of resource guides is available for free download in the Resources section. They’re updated on a regular basis and some of them are available in Spanish (with other languages scheduled for translation).
Every year we provide thousands of hard copies of these free guides to hospitals, child advocacy centers, schools, colleges, churches, and community groups. Call us or e-mail us to pick some up from our office or have them delivered. (We can also mail these to you… read on for details.)
Which subjects do you cover in your presentations?
Current presentations we offer include:
- Bullying (adult and youth versions available)
- Child sexual abuse
- Domestic violence and healthy relationships
- Elder abuse
- Sex trafficking (adult and youth versions available)
What documentaries are available?
In addition to our resource guides, You Have the Power also offers original documentaries incorporating victim and law enforcement perspectives on topics like sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. The full listing of available documentaries is available on YHTP’s Shopify website.
Are the resources available in languages other than English?
Some of the resource guides and documentaries are available in Spanish, and we have plans for Arabic, Kurdish, and Mandarin translations of select resource guides in order to meet the needs of a growing and increasingly diverse Middle Tennessee.
Do our presentations, documentaries, etc., cost anything?
Many of our presentations are free, underwritten by grants or donations. However, some groups underwrite the presentations themselves. Please call or e-mail our office for more information.
The resource guides are free if picked up from our office or delivered. We can also mail the guides to you, although we do charge a small fee (usually between $10-20) to cover shipping costs. The fee varies depending on how many guides you ask for and how far we have to send them. We always use the cheapest available postage rate to keep those costs low.
Pricing for documentaries is available on Shopify.
What does a YHTP presentation look like?
A typical presentation includes a screening of a documentary on the issue, a PowerPoint discussion led by a guest facilitator, and a Q&A session. We welcome the inclusion of local group leaders (clergy, counselors, resident advisors, Title IX coordinators, etc.) who can provide the audience with additional perspectives and customized information.
Our presentations usually run 90 minutes, but we can scale them down to 30-60 minutes to meet the scheduling needs of your group.
How does someone book a presentation with us?
Scheduling a presentation is as simple as sending an e-mail to email@example.com or calling us at (615) 292-7027. We’ll talk with you about the kind of presentation you want and what dates you have available, and schedule a trained facilitator for the session.
I’d like to volunteer with YHTP. Where do I start?
We’re always looking for people who can help us with our presentations and special events. Check out our Volunteer Service Guide for details!
Where does your funding come from?
While we occasionally charge for community training sessions, most of our funding comes from government and community grants, as well as corporate and private donations.
Additionally, YHTP stages two signature fundraising events each year:
- At our Powerhouse Award Luncheon in April, we honor a community member who has uniquely contributed to crime prevention and education in Tennessee.
Our “Powerfully Thankful” event includes a dinner, a silent auction, and a live concert featuring local singer/songwriters.
How can I donate to YHTP?
We accept donations by PayPal, credit card, or check. Full details are on the donation page of our website.
Since YHTP is a 501(c)3 non-profit, your gift to us is tax-deductible.
Where is my donation going? How will my financial gift be used?
Donations help cover the printing and shipping costs of resource guides, subsidize the participation of at-risk youth in our Youth Impact Curriculum, and allow us to provide more community presentations to the public.
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Where are you located?
2401 White Avenue, Nashville, ZIP 37204 (just off 8th Avenue South).