Each real story presented in the YouImpact program represents a ripple effect into our communities. We are all affected by others’ destructive decisions.
Our victims’ heroic efforts to overcome their losses give a human face and voice to the statistics of impaired driving. In telling their true stories, victims often experience release and healing. In encountering the vulnerability of the offenders, they sometimes find themselves able to forgive. Far from being an expression of permissiveness or weakness, we believe, as Gandhi did, that “Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong” and a liberating experience.
In hearing victims’ stories and realizing the impact each individual’s actions can have on other lives, offenders often find profound remorse and experience a change of heart. Through the program, they gain the inner strength to make positive changes in their lives. They become, once again, a part of the community in a mutually regenerating process.
Our online community blog postings are designed to support the continuation of YouImpact ideals. These postings provide reassurance and support to remain positively influenced after the completion of the program.
Others Who Care
Our community is inclusive of not only individuals who have completed YouImpact programming, but also leaders within the community who wish to interrupt the often repetitive cycle of destructive decision-making. Our network of support consists of judges, psychiatrists, religious leaders, substance abuse specialists, and many more. These community leaders and others like them work tirelessly in support of organizations like YouImpact to truly make a difference in communities everywhere. We salute and thank these people for their invaluable contributions.
“We are inevitably our brother’s keeper because we are our brother’s brother. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.