About Us

Our Mandate

  • DESTA is an outreach mission to young adults (18-25) in the black community;
  • To strengthen personal and cultural identity through inter-generational dialogue;
  • To empower vision, self-esteem, and excellence;
  • To ensure that all young adults have access to the resources and support they need to develop their full potential.

DESTA prepares young adults through continuous learning to become autonomous and self-responsible.  At the completion of their program, participants will have a base of self-knowledge and skills to enable them to articulate a personal vision and find authentic meaning of life.

In combining the expertise of our community partners, DESTA offers a holistic learning experience which fosters individual growth.  Participants develop functional learning skills, and gain access to knowledge and experience enabling a successful transition to the workplace or further education.  The holistic approach combines three main aspects: personal development, applied learning, and cultural arts.

DESTA, derived from the Amharic language, means ‘happiness’.

 

 

 

 

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