The Destinations Leadership Program is character and leadership development program to prepare and equip young people for life beyond what they know as they are embarking on their transition into adulthood. Youth and young adults through traveling abroad opportunities gain skills and lifelong experiences that give them a leg up in their desired professions and within their network circles. The ultimate goal of the program is to prepare them to be global citizens, leaders, activist, and philanthropists.
The Destination Leadership program focuses travel on national and global issues of racial equity and intersectionality. It is centered on a five-point approach: people, place, pain, power, and purpose. In visiting places, immersing with people who have experienced or are experiencing pain, young leaders gain insight on how to transform pain into a path for repositioning power and having greater purpose. Destination emerging leaders through a six-month curriculum learn how to become change agents by participating in activities that include leadership-building workshops, engaging in cultural exchange, researching history and current landscape, reading and analyzing for critical thinking, expanding their world vision, connecting with peers and caring adults, meeting with dignitaries, participating in volunteerism, and learning history.
Past Destinations Leadership Program Locations:
The delegation participated in a six-month preparation curriculum curated by Kelvin Sauls. The curriculum consisted of a Netflix docu-series “Cuba Libre” and the book “Oshun’s Calabash: Dancing Across Cuba into the Memory of the Embodies African Soul and Finding Home” by Dr. Iya Alisa Osunfunke Orduña.
Three teach-in sessions with Dr. Bita Amani from Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Dr. Rosemary Mealy, author, educator, and Board Member of the Interreligious Federation for Community Organizing (IFCO)/Pastor for Peace, and Dr. Orduña complimented the materials explored. In collaboration with their travel agent, Juanita Palacios-Sims of Beyond Cuba Travel, SOH also hosted a Community Dialogue with a delegation from the Cuban Embassy.
2022 Destination: A West To South Human and Civil Rights Encounter
Sanctuary of Hope Freedom Fellows went on a two-week Freedom Ride, A West to South Civil and Human Rights Encounter. Our Fellows represented young people from South Los Angeles and Antelope Valley who visited five states (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee) and historical iconic sites, engaged in teach-ins and intergenerational conversations with people like civil rights activist Annie Pearl Avery and members of Lowndes County, and immersed in cultural experiences.
Our Fellows prepared extensively by reading “Coming of Age in Mississippi” and “South to America” to examine the importance of youth activism and its impact on human and civil rights in addition to intersections of the past with the present to advance racial justice.
The Freedom Ride trip curator was Kelvin Sauls; and travel agent, Beyond Cuba Travel.
2019 Southern Africa (South Africa and Zimbabwe)