Who We Are

PowerNet of Tampa

Welcome to PowerNet of Tampa, your community based, grassroots, not-for-profit organization here to empower inner-city communities to define and enhance their quality of life. PowerNet is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of practitioners, community activists, researchers, academicians, grassroots citizens.




This group of individuals work together to improve the local, regional and state-wide criminal justices practices and systems currently operating to assist individuals with, and at risk of, criminal records to become socially, economically and politically integrated into their communities.


What We Do

PowerNet created, and owns the exclusively rights to, the GEM Leadership Development Program. This strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, criminogenic need-responsive, rehabilitation program selectively identifies eligible persons who not only want to CHANGE their lives to become healthy, productive and law-abiding citizens but, in alignment with our recruitment strategy, training curriculum and program outcomes, GEM LDP participants are also committed to help other at-risk adults or juveniles and their families lead successful lives in their communities.

In order to accomplish this ambitious goal in the most efficient and effective manner possible, PowerNet facilitators offer specialized training and targeted incentives to program participants as they work toward creating a personal mission and vision, identify their natural gifts and potential strengths, and develop a long-term plan for personal, family and career success.

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Why We Do It

PowerNet clients are not satisfied with only staying out of trouble and not being “part of the problem”. To achieve long-term success for themselves, their families and their communities, our Returning Citizens believe it is vitally important to be “part of the solution” by taking an active role in enhancing the neighborhood to which they return!

The Problem? One Word…



the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend.
exa. “the prison has succeeded in reducing recidivism”

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Below, you find a few pictures to, in a sense, make a long story short, on the “Why” we are doing what we do.

Click here for an interactive Recidivism Chart

Recidivism of Prisoners, by Prior Arrest History. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.hamiltonproject.org/charts/recidivism_of_prisoners_by_prior_arrest_history
Initiative, P. P. (n.d.). It’s getting harder for formerly incarcerated people to… Retrieved from https://www.prisonpolicy.org/graphs/low_skill_jobs.html

Who Benefits

Coming Soon

The Community