Daughters of Destiny

Daughters of Destiny Mentoring Program

Daughters of Destiny is an innovative and successful mentoring program for area girls and young women between the ages of 7 and 18. Program mentors are mothers, grandmothers and single women focused on building the self-esteem and leadership skills of program participants in a positive and empowering environment. As a result, girls and young women emerge from the comprehensive program stronger, wiser and more confident than ever.

“To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.” Mother Theresa

Studies Show:

  • Mentored youth are 46 percent less likely to use illegal drugs.
  • Mentored youth are 59 percent more likely to get better grades.
  • Mentored youth are 73 percent more likely to raise their goals.
  • Mentored youth are 64 percent more likely to have positive attitudes toward school.
  • Mentored youth have significantly improved relationships with adults and peers.
  • Mentored youth are 64 percent more likely to have higher levels of self-confidence.
  • Mentored youth are 62 percent more likely to trust their teachers.

Mentoring

Daughters of Destiny matches girls and young women ages 7 – 18 with older mentors ages 20-80 for weekly round-table discussions. All sessions are held on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. at the Ministry and Community Center in Burton. Transportation and snacks are provided. Each week program participants meet with their peers and adult mentors to discuss various topics that include communication and/or problems with parents or authority figures, intimate relationships and sex, school and education, drug and alcohol use, respect for self and others, responsible decision making, and more.

Academic Tutoring

Daughters of Destiny provides program participants with educational testing and tutoring during the mentoring sessions. Initial assessments are conducted by licensed professionals to detect existing learning and/or emotional deficiencies. Once program participants are evaluated, curriculum plans and one-on-one tutoring in the subjects of math and reading is provided by qualified educators.

“A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could
because someone else thought they could.” Unknown

Job Readiness and Youth Employment

Daughters of Destiny prepares participants for summer and year-round employment through its partnership with the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Youth Initiative and Teen Quest programs. The program provides training, as well as the opportunity for summer and year-round employment for Genesee County youth ages 14-18.

In addition to the Summer Youth Initiative, Daughters of Destiny provides employment opportunities through its partnerships with area businesses, including the McDonald’s Restaurants located in Flint at 3212 Clio Road and 1232 N. Ballenger Highway – as well as the McDonald’s located at G-3060 Miller Road in Swartz Creek. All three restaurants are owned by Samuel J. Cox; program participants must receive a referral from Daughters of Destiny before applying for employment at these locations.

Summer Sports Camp

Daughters of Destiny sponsors a series of fun summer sports camps – football, basketball and martial arts – every year. Varsity coaches from area high schools, as well as current and former collegiate athletes, operate camps for youth of all ages.

College Campus Tours

Daughter of Destiny offers customized college tour excursions to provide program participants bound for higher education with the information they need to make the best possible choice about their collegiate journey.