Nashville, TN (TN TRIBUNE)

YOU HAVE THE POWER (YHTP) held its 9th Annual Powerhouse Awards on Thursday, July 22nd. Unlike past years, the signature event streamed live from The Temple Church on the YOU HAVE THE POWER website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel. To accommodate COVID-19 protocols, a small contingent of guests and honorees gathered at the church.

Sponsors hosted watch parties to view the program online, with boxed suppers provided by The Corner Market Catering Company and wine by West Meade Wine & Liquor Mart.

The event was produced by YHTP board president Victor Wynn, Executive Pastor of The Temple Church, and hosted by John Seigenthaler, YHTP board member, award-winning journalist, and partner at DVL Seigenthaler. It also featured remarks by YOU HAVE THE POWER board chair and former First Lady of Tennessee Andrea Conte and Congressman Jim Cooper.

During this event, eight Gen Z community leaders from across Tennessee were honored for their efforts to create positive outlets for advocacy and support for victims of crime.

“Young leaders made things happen, instinctively recognizing if they wanted to change the world, they had to start where they were. They organized clothing drives, provided food to families, put a spotlight on mental health, supported other students, spoke out about sexual assault and domestic violence, and became political activists,” said Cathy Gurley, CEO of YOU HAVE THE POWER.

Each student was presented with a 1st edition copy of Roots, a novel written by Alex Haley, who lived in Henning, Tennessee. The book was translated into 26 languages, sold more than 8 million copies, and adapted into a TV miniseries.

The awards program is available for viewing on YOU HAVE THE POWER’S YouTube channel.

About You Have the Power

Founded in 1993 by former First Lady of Tennessee Andrea Conte, YHTP empowers people victimized by crime through education, advocacy, and understanding. It produces documentaries and resource guides on contemporary issues of crime prevention, such as child sexual abuse and human trafficking; presents community safety training sessions for caregivers, educators, and the public; and administers a victim impact curriculum for offenders/parolees under the oversight of the Tennessee Department of Correction. Visit: www.yhtp.org

YHTP Board: (back left to right) John Seigenthaler, YHTP Board member and Victor Wynn, YHTP Board President, (front left to right) Andrea Conte, YHTP Founder/Board Chair and Cathy Gurley, YHTP CEO
YHTP Board: (back left to right) John Seigenthaler, YHTP Board member and Victor Wynn, YHTP Board President, (front left to right) Andrea Conte, YHTP Founder/Board Chair and Cathy Gurley, YHTP CEO
Powerhouse Award honorees: (back left to right) Ian Hooper, Angelie Quimbo, Sydnee Floyd, and Braxton Coleman, (front left to right) Sherlyn Serrano and Regina Ciprian. Not pictured: Trinity Jenkins and Kayla Willis