You Have the Power! Club (YHTP!)

Bullying Prevention Peer Education 

Project Change is proud to premiere the You Have the Power! Club video "Lost".

Remember that you have the power NOT to hurt others!

This video was conceived by the 2019 student members of the You Have the Power! Club at Gaithersburg Middle School in Montgomery County, MD and includes the Original Song "Lost" with Lyrics and Music by student members Gabriella Whittacker, Fiona Schoof, & Justin Popek.  This powerful message was produced by Project Change with funding from the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation.  Special thanks to the Little Feathery Corner for the incredible art and production by Hilly!

YHTP! features high school mentors working after school for 10 weeks with middle and elementary school students to raise awareness about the characteristics, risks, and consequences of bullying; educate the younger students about how to be an ally to a target of bullying; and develop a school-wide anti-bullying presentation where the younger students can share this information with their school mates. YHTP! has been implemented in Montgomery County Public Schools with the full cooperation and involvement of the school administration and parents. 

Project Change teen mentors have presented YHTP! at national and international conferences including the 2009 and 2012 International Bullying Prevention Association Conferences, the 2011 2nd Annual Conference on the Prevention of Bullying and Harassment, the 2011 Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) Convention, and the 2010 Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington, D.C.  They were invited and attended the 2011 White House Conference on Bullying Prevention and the 2014 Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit.

YHTP! achieved national recognition from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a "Community Partner" for the federal "Stop Bullying Now!" Campaign.  Our teen mentors have been highlighted on  YHTP! has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, PBS, NBC4, and News Channel 8; highlighted in the December 2008 issue of TIME for Kids (Time Magazine’s national publication for elementary students); and featured in the Washington Post, the Olney Gazette, and on Nickelodeon’s “Nick News” website. Also, YHTP! teen mentors and the adult advisor have served on an expert panel for Cartoon Network’s Stoop Bullying: Speak Up Initiative and the Great American NO BULL Campaign (anti-bullying and digital responsibility through filmmaking).