Because Only Together We Can
Build a World Where All Youth Are Safe, Strong & Valued
Who We Are
You Yes You! Project began to give to others unconditional belief and support. Incarcerated fathers was chosen because in the world of criminal justice and re-entry, the children left behind and the relationship with their fathers are often a footnote; You Yes You! Project wanted to make them the main topic.
It was important to create an environment behind prison walls that was inviting and memorable, but also could be used as the first step to building a better relationship even though the father was incarcerated.
YYY was launched in 2014 when Ericka Sanders organized the first father-daughter dance to take place inside an Indiana correctional facility at the now closed Indianapolis Re-Entry Educational Facility. The mission has since grown to build relationships between incarcerated fathers and their children
What we do, why we do it?
We Build Networks
Connecting incarcerated dads with their children
Get to know
YOU YES YOU!
Ericka loves Indianapolis. Born and raised on the North Side, Ericka is a proud North Central Panther. A writer at heart, she spent eight years as a journalist for The Indianapolis Recorder covering everything from the Indiana Pacers to writing an award winning series on the historic Ransom Place neighborhood to interviewing her favorite authors including the late E. Lynn Harris and Bebe Moore Campbell.
You Yes You! Project programs are currently at Putnamville Correctional Facility and is looking to expand into additional facilities and community organizations in the near future.
The event’s organizer, Ericka Sanders, put the day together from a personal place. “I know what it’s like not to have your dad, not to grow up with your dad,” ...
For fathers who find themselves out of their child's life and behind bars, it can be tough to reenter and reestablish that bond once released from prison.
More of What We Do!
Offer free books as part of our book club that encourage, inspire and offer tools to become better fathers. Past titles have included:
- “Becoming” by Michelle Obama,
- “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton
- “Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain” by Charles Cross
- “I Can’t Make This Up” by Kevin Hart.