Youth Stories

Nobody embodies the Destiny spirit like our young people.

Watch and read what Destiny means and how Destiny impacts some of the members of our youth community.

Growing up in Destiny, I didn’t know how special it was to have a safe place where I was nurtured creatively and emotionally, and supported to make deep connections with peers from totally different economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds.”

Chandrika Francis


Dance Program

When I got my first belt stripe, let me tell you: Spielberg – watch out! because at Destiny, not only did I find a practice that made me confident in my body, not only did I find a community of teachers and peers I wanted so badly to be just like, not only did I find a philosophy, a code, every word of which articulated just how I saw myself and world around around me.

Ethan Zatko


Former Destiny Program Manager

Being involved with Destiny has shaped my childhood and my new adulthood in ways I am only now being able to realize. It has given me sisters and brothers and mentors and afforded me the opportunity to celebrate our differences and our similarities as a community.”

Amber Espinosa-Jones