Dear You Yes You! Project Supporters, Friends, and Families,
A round of applause to all of us as 2021 ends. A challenging and revitalizing year, we made it. I want to thank all of you for the many ways you’ve supported You Yes You! Project year. Through individual donations, in-kind donations, volunteering, and partnering, you’ve helped elevate our presence in many ways. I am so grateful for your support.
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues for the second straight year, we’ve been unable to host father/child activities inside prison facilities and most of our fathers have not had any visits from family. To say this has been a difficult time would be an understatement. Yet, perseverance is the word that comes to mind when I think about 2021; not giving up.
You didn’t give up. Our fathers didn’t give up. Their children didn’t give up. Our community didn’t give up.
Do you know what happens when you don’t give up? You grow and You Yes You! Project grew.
We solidified our partnership with the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC). We are no longer a volunteer organization within IDOC, we are now an official program.
We developed a curriculum, Foundations of Fatherhood. A 12-week course to empower and educate incarcerated fathers.
We provided bookbags, school supplies and winter coats for our families in need.
Along with IDOC and Centurion, we hosted a free Vision Van event where we provided 65 vision screenings and 55 prescription glasses for the community. Additionally, we provided free haircuts, ice cream and fresh produce.
Fourteen of our fathers were released from Putnamville Correctional Facility. All 14 are employed and actively growing a relationship with their children.
Three of our fathers became first time homeowners this year and two became entrepreneurs.
We are looking forward to making more of an impact in 2022 as we expand to Plainfield Correctional Facility.
I am thankful for every partner, every community member, volunteer, board member, family and impact supporter including PNC Foundation, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis, Christian Theological Seminary and the Faith & Action Project, United Way of Central Indiana, African American Legacy Fund of Indianapolis, Arthur Dean Family Foundation and City of Hope Community Church. It takes a village to do this work and You Yes You! Project has an incredible village.
To quote a personal hero, Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, “You cannot be an effective problem-solver from a distance. There are details and nuances to problems that you will miss unless you are close enough to observe those details. If you are willing to get closer to people who are suffering, you will find the power to change the world.”
Again, we thank you for your support. Here is to 2022!
Founder & Executive Director