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Changing Destinations in collaboration with Jasiri Girls Empowerment Group was invited to lead a delegation of women and girls to the United Nations Commission on the Status in New York March 9 - 11, 2020. Due to concerns around the spread of the coronavirus. all activities have been suspended until further notice. On Tuesday, March 10th, the Journalists and Writers Foundation instead hosted an online panel discussion for women leaders. Panelists from the United States, India, Nicaragua, and the United Kingdom convened the online panel discussion on the “Women's Contribution to Culture of Peace” discussed the role of meaningful participation of women to foster inclusive societies, share several successful women led peace initiatives, and present best practices from the field where women peacebuilders made a positive change. Ms. Butler, Executive Director, was invited to share her perspective and experience on the “The role of education for young women leaders to create a sustained youth participation in peacebuilding” as an expert of global citizenship education programs. Planning is underway for an online Global Summit for Girls.

Maryland Youth Delegation Attends United Nations General Assembly Conference [Read full Report]


​​Changing Destinations collaborated with the Journalists and Writers Foundation (NYC) and Bridgeway Community Church Youth Alive Ministry (Columbia, MD) to organize a youth delegation to the United Nations General Assembly 2019 Conference in New York City on September 25, 2019. Students from Baltimore, Howard, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties in Maryland competed through a video application to receive a special invitation to attend the conference.  They had a unique opportunity to learn about the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and interview world leaders. Watch the Video Recap of their experience. [Click Here]

Youth Voices Matter!

Youth Delegate Speaks at the UNGA 2019 Conference

by Vincent Tucci

Youth Empowerment is very close to my heart. A lot of youth are addicted to their phones that when I’m at lunch in my school, people sitting across from one another—instead of talking—are texting each other. Social Action is important to tackle this problem. When I return to my community, I’m going to start a campaign called “Put Down the Phone, Pick Up a Friend™.” Everyone is so attached to their phones—worried about what’s going on and who’s doing this and that—that it’s time we put it down and look for people to connect and engage with. I’d be increasing the number of social interactions within my community.

Co-op Living is one of the greatest resource at risk to my generation. Hope has been fading away since technology has become more prevalent. Everyone’s worried about updates; who’s going to Snap them next and who’s on Instagram. Social media is enjoyable but leads to social isolation that leads youth to antisocial behaviors, suicides, and separation from the community. The solution for this issue is co-op collaboration and just becoming a part of the community. Community is what sets people up for greatness!


Changing Destinations: Journey to Excellence held the 2nd annual awards ceremony and fundraiser Saturday, April 27, 2019. Board Member and National Security Correspondent, J.J. Green served as the keynote speaker. Over 80 guests were in attendance to celebrate this event.  


The YELD Youth Leadership Academy is a certificate program focusing on leadership development and global citizenship. YELD brings together leaders to share their knowledge, expertise and success strategies to support the implementation of quality programs for youth.


YELD Global Citizens Academy launched in Owerri, Nigeria at Collins American International Academy. Students along with their parents and teachers engaged in week-long workshops and activities to learn about  the UN 17 Sustainable Goals and Global Citizenship. 

"The greatest gift is being empowered to change lives. It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a team to raise tomorrow's leaders."

-   Sasha Butler, President


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