Who We Are
Since September 2000, Destiny’s Promise (DP) has help empower several generations of young women to be wiser, stronger and smarter by taking their rightful and respected places in life, first as women of character, then as good citizens, professionals, wives and mothers.
Unique Characteristics of Destiny’s Promise
. We are a young organization with no paid staff and a very small (but active) board that has attracted the support of several sponsors and professional organizations and educators.
. Our impact is both local and international— Destiny’s Promise supports young women through mentoring workshops, community outreach programs, overseas missions partnerships, and mother & daughter retreats.
. Our mentoring workshops, community outreach and programming activities are led and facilitated by volunteer professionals.
Unique Characteristics of the DP’s Mentoring Program. Our mentoring program is founded on the principles of the Bible and conveyed to meet the particular needs and concerns of the young women.
- . We mentor the girls on real world issues and connect them with leaders in the community who serve as role models. Our workshops are led by prominent leaders within the community and government that have achieved great success, so by connecting them to these role models we give them hope, inspiration, and support.
. We provide a safe and welcoming environment where girls can be girls, have fun, make friends and learn. They also learn how to support and encourage each other. This is critical since many of them lack support outside our organization.
. Destiny’s Promise offers something for everyone. We listen to the girls and tailor the workshops and retreats to ensure they get the most out of it. Our topics cover issues that everyone can relate to at some point in their life — knowing your identify, having confidence & courage, dos and don’ts of social media, bullying, career development, entrepreneurship, developing business plans, goal setting, and communicating with the opposite sex.
. Trail Blazers-We develop challenging programs which pushes and stretches the imagination, determination, and drive of our youth in order to get them to see what’s possible. We foster lifelong learning and success through a commitment to explore the arts, technology, leititure drama, theater, dance, creative writing, photo journalism, positive values, healthy habits and high expectations.
About Those We Serve
100% Female (including the moms)
15 % 11-12 years of age
35% 13-15 years of age
50% 16 years of age and older
Ethnicity of Women Served
70% African American
10% Hispanic or Latino
Regions We Serve
We service the Washington, DC metropolitan area including the following areas:
Prince George’s County
Anne Arundel County
Why Our Work Matters*
367,930 children enrolled in public schools qualify for free or reduced meals
274,000 children have special health care needs
276,000 children live below 150% of poverty ($33,170)
107,000 children have at least one parent unemployed
39,964 children and youth are arrested
20,392 children have multiple suspensions from school
7,201 children have dropped out of school
3,329 children were removed from their homes in the first six months of 2011
*The Annie E. Casey Foundation 2011 Kids Count Data Book
DP Mentoring Program
. 95% of mentees participated in community service activities
. 70 % of mentees provided report cards that showed an increase in grades
. Mentees were exposed to over 100 professional women & men from the community and government who came out to participate & teach at the retreats & workshops
. Mentees displayed an increase in social skills including public speaking and self-esteem
. 100% of our mentees graduate high school and go off to college
Overseas Outreach Program
. Hundreds of gifts are provided to the underserved children & families in Dominican Republic
. Food and supplies were given in support of the homeless street kids
. Thousands of dollars spent supporting the shipping of donations and supplies
. Outreach focuses on homeless community
Mother & Daughter Retreat
. 14 years hosting the Mother & Daughter Retreat. Hundreds of Moms & daughters exchanging pledges & making promises for the future
. Each year 50-75 girls participate in the Purity Vow Ceremony – A vow to stay a virgin until marriage. We also celebrate 2nd chance Virgins for girls who need a fresh start
. 50-75 Purity Rings, Bracelets, or necklaces were distributed to the daughters from the moms
. Many fathers attended the Purity ceremony with pride & honor
. 100% of parents reported seeing an improvement in how the girls carried themselves around their peers and their interactions with young boys
. 100% girls displayed an increase in self-confidence
. 50% of our Seniors entered college as virgins
Senior Scholarship Program. 100% of our seniors were awarded the DP Legacy Scholarship award for Excellent Community Service. Yrs> 2002 thru 2014
. 50% of our seniors were granted merit scholarships to assist with school supplies and fees
. Awarded students came from low & middle-class income household