Project Destiny, Inc. of Pittsburgh

Project Destiny Activites: 2009

Project Destiny has chosen its very own Alpaca, Z-Rex, as our mascot and he lives at the Four Points Alpaca Farm. The children love visiting him at the farm. Z-Rex has won 2 awards.

January

Prepared Care Boxes for college students in time for Valentine’s Day. Twenty-two boxes were prepared.

February

Project Destiny Valentine Party planned by youth. Everyone dressed in their Sunday best and had great food and music for the 50 party goers.

Spoken Word: Teens shared their talents with poetry recitals and musical presentations.

March

New York Trip: Five students, ages 14 -16 attended the Native American Film & Video Festival at the Smithsonian Institution in New York City.

Students spent an evening with Klee Benally and several of his friends, family, and colleagues who were presenting their work at the festival. Students met with members of “Outta Your backpack Media”. Since 2004 Outta Your Backpack Media (OYBMedia) has empowered Indigenous youth through free movie making workshops and resource distribution. OYBMedia is an indigenous youth response to the need for media justice in communities. They seek to create community ownership of media through youth empowerment. OYBMedia is an all-volunteer collective that has become very efficient at using its resources. They emphasize being a creative and resourceful community-supported/sustained organization. Because their investment in youth so closely mirrors Project Destiny’s mission we are pleased to work with this agency and support their efforts where we can.

Babysitting 101: Fifteen (15) middle school students had a four hour course in child care. Instructors came from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and certificates were presented.

Underground Railroad: in Cincinnati Ohio was the destination for Project Destiny students and parents. Sixty (60) people went on the trip.

April

Easter Egg Hunt for 75 community children

May

Teen Summit: A panel of youth workers, teachers, youth, clergy, and parents answered questions concerning relationships, college, employment, violence, bullying, and peer pressure. Forty-two Care Team students and community youth were present.

College Resource Fair: Thirteen colleges and universities were represented. 75-100 high school students and parents enjoyed workshops on Financial Aid and Student Life

June

Florida - Seagrove Beach: 19 students and staff enjoyed beautiful beach houses, sunrise, sunset and water, water everywhere. Included this year were 4 students and 2 chaperones from Laguna, New Mexico

July and August

Camp Destiny: Theme - Under the Big Top
Six weeks of exploring and learning. This year’s activities included: swimming, weekly field trips which connected with our theme and educational goals. We had our first trip to ICC (International Conservation Center). This was our first over-night stay since we had to wait for the cabins to be delivered. It was a great experience. Nature walks, an evening camp fire, and touring the facility were just a few of the fun things. The elephants were not out during our visit, but we heard a lot about Jackson and his two new female friends.

Ed Mine: coal mine near Tarentum, PA. A great place to explore and a nice cool place to be in July

Baseball: Our special tour of PNC Park. We even got a chance to sit in the dugout.

Four Points Alpacas: Children visited the farm and “their own” Z-Rex. They were allowed close enough to the alpacas to pet, feed, and take pictures. Our special thanks to Don and Jan Phillips the owners of Four Points for their hospitality.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: A very special “Behind the Scenes” visit at the Zoo. Margie Marks the zoo curator for education gave a guided tour of the elephants, polar bears, and more. The children talked with the zoo staff and were even allowed to pet the young elephants.