THANK YOU so much to all who joined us last week at Destination Delridge, celebrating and strengthening the “Golden Routes” of DNDA and our integrative work in Art, Nature, and Neighborhood.
We shine brighter together, and in the words of our Executive Director David Bestock, the golden routes that DNDA is paving in our community are guiding youth toward a brighter future, whether that route is through the hallways of Youngstown or along Delridge Way SW.
Jackie DeLaCruz and Jabali Stewart kicked off the evening as our emcees, and the room lit up with performances by singer Tuesday Velasco and dancer Randy Ford. The power of our Summer Youth Program was exemplified as youth participants Isaiah and Samson took center stage with head soccer coach Redwan Aman to share their experiences with the first annual One Love Youth Soccer Tournament. Check out this video our soccer coaches made about the impact of these programs in our community:
After performing an original song, Sophie Theriault spoke to DNDA’s restorative justice work and her experience facilitating the Restorative Justice and Healing workshops as part of our Let’s Talk Race Series. In case you missed it, you can watch the video about our Restorative Justice programming here. James Miles then led us into our Raise the Paddle, and our community rallied together to support our programming in Delridge and beyond.
Together, we raised over $131,000! With help from our amazing community of supporters we exceeded our fundraising goal by over $11,000.
On behalf of the entire staff and board of DNDA, we extend our heartfelt gratitude and are honored by your support. Thank you all for being part of our community, we simply couldn’t do this work without you.
Check out these shots from Destination Delridge 2019!