If you are a fan of Good Morning America or happened to tune in on August 7th, you probably saw Directions For Our Youth students highlighted by co-host Michael Strahan as he discussed WE Day with pop star Meghan Trainor.
For over three years Directions For Our Youth has partnered with WE and their annual WE Day UN celebration, which was held at the Barclays Center on September 25th. DFOY’s partnership with WE Charities has encouraged DFOY program participants from M.S. 180 to think globally and experience life beyond their neighborhood bubble. WE campaigns provide an authentic lens into the impact youth can make — both now and in the future.
Through WE Walk For Water, DFOY participants were introduced to students in Haiti who lacked access to clean drinking water and other necessities commonly taken for granted. WE campaigns reveal relatable stories of youth from around the world, many of whom share similar experiences with DFOY participants, creating change and tackling global issues that peers their age face. Inspired by the obstacles students in Haiti had to overcome on a daily basis, DFOY participants from M.S. 180, along with program leadership, met with school leadership to take action. A school-wide campaign to raise funds from recycling bottles, along with awareness walks, and even a feature article in the neighborhood newspaper, helped DFOY raise over $1,000 for the school in Haiti.
Program Director Sahquana Crawley takes a selfie with DFOY participants at WE Day UN 2019
Additionally Carolyn Encarnacion, Directions For Our Youth Program Director at M.S. 180, has noticed the impact of DFOY’s partnership with WE throughout the M.S. 180 program:
DFOY participants at M.S. 180 advocate for clean water