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 discover 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.
We often associate the word “disruptors” with someone “causing problems” when in reality disruptors are simply those who rebel against the “status quo” that has been established or, in the case of changing the narrative of young people, allowed to persist or exist. We recognize our sponsors who are literally uprooting and changing 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.
Paris & Côte d’Azur TripSupport 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.$1,720.00 donated of $60,000.00 goal
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 and youth leaders with only a few black adolescent in their ministry; 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.”
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.” 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.”
For the black adolescent there is an additional identity they must navigate. Internally they are struggling to process what researchers like John Ogbu 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 workshop 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 our responsibility to those under our care, on this journey, in their transitional state of life.
 Kivel, Paul, Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work For Racial Justice, (Canada: New Society Publishers, 2011), 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
 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
 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 who serves youth organizations of all demographics in rural, suburban and urban communities across the United States. Our years of experience as youth ministry leaders, business professionals, parents and teachers drives our dedication to building a community all focused on equipping young people to engage, discern and make good choices as they walk out their DESTINY.