Welcome to Destination Destiny

Destiny Is Not A Matter Of Chance, It Is A Matter Of Choice
It is not a thing to be waited for,

it is the result of advanced decisions.

Through out life, there are choices you have to make,

in everything you do.

So keep in mind that in the end,

the choices you make, makes you.

The mission of Destination Destiny is to guide young people in becoming responsible, global citizens who are future leaders, husbands and wives. We prepare them to build resilient lives through relational, experiential and educational activities that enables them to realize their potential and purpose.         #ImpactDestiny

 

DESTINATION DESTINY GIVEAWAY

Donate today for a chance to win great seats to a performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra!!!  Donate by July 21     Click here to lean more about our Donate To Win Giveaway:   Details 

 

PROMOTIVE FACTORS FRAMEWORK
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Destination Destiny empowers teens, equip adults and strengthen systems through our promotive Framework 

Promotive factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families and communities that actively enhance well-being

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING STUDENT EXPOSE & IMPACT TRIP

2018 EXPOSE AND IMPACT STUDENT EXCHANGE TO PARIS AND THE FRENCH RIVIERA
Destination Destiny partnering with King College Prep High School will again support 20 + students traveling to France during spring break of 2018.  The students will be hosted by families from sister school Lycée Colbert while touring the landmarks of Paris. They will then travel to the south of France by the TGV high speed train to experience the more laid back life of the Provence and the French Riviera.
They will will participate in a service project before discovering the Palais des Papes in Avignon .  They will visit the principality of Monaco and the palace of the Grimaldi Family where princess Grace Kelly once lived, and stroll the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Please join us in offsetting some of the cost of the trip for students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to participate in such an experience. View highlights of past trips by visiting the expose and impact trip tab.

 

 

  1. Paris & Côte d’Azur Trip

    Support our upcoming EXPOSE & IMPACT student trip. Student's experience exploring the chic cafés and trendy boutiques of Paris before heading south to the Côtes d'Azur, also known as the French Riviera, where yachting is a way of life and smooth pebble beaches give way to sparkling turquoise water.
    $5,845.00 donated of $60,000.00 goal

 

 
OUR SPONSORS OF DISRUPTION

We often associate the word “disruptor” with someone “causing problems” when in reality disruptors are simply those who rebel against the “status quo” that has been established or allowed to persist or exist.

We recognize and thank our sponsors who are literally uprooting and changing the narratives of how young people think, behave, study, learn and go about making their day-to-day choices through support of this student exchange. They understand that supporting high-impact initiatives produce lasting improvements that address the core of the problems young people face.

 

UPCOMING COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS SERIES

“WOKE” TO UNDERSTANDING IDENTITY LINKED TO DUAL ADAPTATION IN SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTED, CULTURALLY DIVERSE CONTEXTS

This series will create space for intentional self-reflection and thought provoking discussion on the topic of identity formation in black adolescent youth. Especially designed for pastors, youth leaders and youth workers with only a few black adolescent in their ministry who want to compassionately accompany their youth in the development of resiliency. This series will provide an informed approach to making pragmatic shifts in the social practices and structural conditions of culturally diverse ministries. Paul Kivel says, “We need to learn how to talk about racism without rhetoric, which fans the flames; without attack or intimidation, which separates people from one another.”[1]

How we see and conceptualize ourselves comes in various forms and is like light dispersing through a prism reflecting multiple layers of meaning that come from a variety of sources.   Each layer is parallel to all others, but all the layers are in relationship of varying impact and influence. The messages that provide meaning come from interactions with family, peers, church, community and the messages from worldviews. One grouping of layers addresses identities and are composed of self-identity, cultural (racial) identity, collective-identity and identity in Christ. David Jopling defines Identities as, “the repositories for much of what we absorb in the world and are filters through which our lived experience is processed and interpreted.”[2] The other grouping of layers address introspections and are composed of self awareness, self understanding, self experience, self conception, self respect, self worth, self evaluation and self verification. Ulric Neisser defines Introspections as, “levels of consciousness of oneself as the subject captured through self-specifying information from differing origins, developmental history and the manner in which they contribute to social experience.”[3]

For the black adolescent there is an additional identity they must navigate. Internally they are struggling to process what researchers like John Ogbu[4] define as a dual identity of not feeling black enough and at the same time being viewed through the lens of the white person’s black narrative which is also described by W.E.B. DuBois, as a double consciousness.

This  multicultural awareness workshop is not a diversity class.  It is designed to significantly increase knowledge, attitudes and provide a preparedness to effectively minister to black adolescents living in culturally diverse communities. A conversation series is only capable of starting the process of awareness; the participants must have the desire to implement learning’s and continue to acquire additional insight and understandings. Participants do this not because of self but because of their responsibility to those under their care in the transitional state of life.

[1] Kivel, Paul, Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work For Racial Justice, (Canada: New Society Publishers, 2011), 2

[2] Jopling, David, A Self of Selves? In The Conceptual Self in Context: Culture Experience, Self-Understanding, eds. Ulric Neisser and David Jopling, (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997), 250

[3] Neisser, Ulric, Five Kinds of Self-Knowledge, Philosophical Psychology 1, 1999, Reprinted in Self & Identity: Contemporary Philosophical Issues, eds. Daniel Kolak and Raymond Martin, (New York: Macmillan, 1991), 386

[4] Ogbu, John, Collective Identity and the Burden of “Acting White” in Black History, Community, and Education, (The Urban Review, Vol. 36, No. 1, March 2004)

 

Destination Destiny, is a Chicago based 501(c)3 dedicated to equipping young people to engage, discern and make conscious choices as they walk out their DESTINY. Helping students gain a vision for their future by enabling them to build resilient lives through experiential, relational and educational activities focused on changing their life trajectories.          #ImpactDestiny