Format of Program

During the YTOP program, participants follow the path they would take after being seriously injured in a car crash. They visit the Emergency Room, Radiology, Intensive Care and Physical Therapy and hear testimonials from healthcare professionals who care for crash victims. They share with participants what measures are taken to save a crash victim’s life and the physical, emotional and financial toll these injuries and deaths cause to victims and their families.

Following lunch, two young people who have sustained a brain or spinal cord injury as a result of a motor-vehicle crash share their personal story with participants. These speakers describe life before their injury, explain how their injury occurred and how it could have been prevented and share what it's like to be young and alive with a disability.

The Missouri Highway Patrol shares a video, tells of their experience working crash sites and the daunting task of notifying family members when a loved one has been killed in a crash.

At the conclusion of the program, participants are required to write a one-page essay describing what they learned and how their driving habits will change. Participants who attend the full 6-hour program will be provided a certificate upon completion of the class.