JTYPL's mission is to provide economic opportunities, educational information, essential training, supportive resources, and advocate for policy decisions around the issues that impede women and young people across the world from reaching their fullest potential. We can elevate them beyond their disadvantaged circumstances by creating and implementing innovative and sustainable programs, and campaigns that educate, empower, and equip women to become self-sufficient.
Women and youth are at the heart of JTYPL’s community-based efforts to improve the conditions that allow poverty grow. We address abuse; provide access to healthcare, hunger and nutrition resources; improve basic education; expand economic opportunities; fight for gender equality; provide leadership and training opportunities; and implement effective and comprehensive workforce development programs geared to prepare women for the workforce.
Be the Change
At JTYPL, our top priority and goal is the improvement of the community in which we reside. Years of experience have taught us that all it takes is one small change to make a big impact. Learn more about the causes we’re passionate about.
Youth Making A Difference
Today’s youth are our future leaders, innovators, and business owners of America. JTYPL is a firm believer that everyone has their own unique journey to achieve to their full potential. Youth Making a Difference is a series of personal and career development trainings and mentoring opportunities that focus on preparing adolescents and young adults with the skills, networks, and knowledge they need to accomplish their goals and aspirations.
We partner with like-minded community organizations, government agencies, and corporations all over the country to offer a variety of workshops and trainings that expose young people to new and exciting opportunities in the areas of Business & Entrepreneurship, Science & Technology, Policy & Government, Arts & Culture, and Sports & Health. The video above is from our Golf Clinic for youth.
To end poverty, we must determine a set of “preconditions for prosperity . ” We believe that the preconditions should incorporate an educational foundation for success - both academic and social. J T YPL provides a variety of trainings and workshops that provides the foundation needed to help individuals come out of poverty through education and skill development. Though the skill development and education, JTYPL works with corporations to provide economic opportunities and job placement to individuals needing work experience. In 2016, we provided over 100 jobs to individuals in the DMV area and Baltimore, MD.
Stop the Abuse Campaign
The Stop the Abuse Campaign" is a movement to help individuals become aware of the signs of intimate dating violence and identify resources to prevent dating violence and victimization. The Campaign addresses the epidemic of teenage dating violence by forming a coalition of concerned citizens, proactive organizations, and government agencies who are committed to empowering today’s youth. By creating a dialogue that focuses on facilitating an honest discussion about how certain dating behavior can lead to abuse, teenagers embark on a journey to find out what it means to have a loving relationship. The campaign infuses arts and self-expression with the industry’s best practices and prevention strategies to deliver information to young adults about the dangers of intimate partner dating violence through a variety of mass mediums.
We offer workshops around the connection between domestic abuse and the hook-up culture. For more information click here.
Mission for Africa
Mission for Africa’s vision is to see people with special needs and HIV leading happy fulfilling lives by providing the urgent and critical medical care these individuals need and lack access. We provide people with special needs with medical attention and care. We focus on providing medical services to people with physical and/or mental disabilities.
Tanzania, as well as, other developing countries considers disabilities a curse and an unnecessary strain on the family resources. These children are usually discarded, disregarded and disrespected for the majority of their lives. They are given little to no access to medical care as healthy children are considered a priority given the perception of their ability to contribute to the family and society. Thus, most the families are unaware of what they should do with their disabled and deny them the basic needs, therefore many die before reaching the age of five years. Those that survive suffer in silence. With no voice.
The TEACH Initiative is JTYPL’s long-term solution to sustaining the fight against poverty in Africa. Bring doctors & medical supplies to remote villages and people living with special needs is only our immediate solution the international plight of extreme poverty. Studies have shown that a lack of economic opportunities, workforce training, and basic education are the root causes to long lasting poverty. JTYPL believes Training, Education, Advocacy, Compassion, and Humanitarianism are the sustainable components to achieving long-term solution. JTYPL has launched an initiative that brings together proven sustainability strategies to help boost local economies and educate communities. We provided funds to Tanzania for a new toilet system as well as seed money to build a school for girls - thanks to a generous donation from one of our advisory members. JTYPL has committed to continual support for the girls school in the form of monetary donations, supplies, training, microcredit, technology, etc. Contact us directly if you want to learn more about how you can help.
Help Us Change the World
Make an Impact
We wouldn’t be able to run JTYPL without the generous contributions from donors across the globe. Your support has the power to immediately make a difference in someone’s life. All of your support goes towards making a difference, so every penny counts. We look forward to working together and changing the world.
JTYPL Hosted Events
Youth Golf Clinic Fundraiser
You are invited to Journey to Your Promised Land’s (JTYPL) Annual Golf Clinic & Fundraiser. The event will be held in October. JTYPL’s core focus is to educate, equip and empower women. Join us as we bring awareness to these issues while enjoying a little golf and networking. Information to come stay tuned.
Dates: December 2019 & November 2020
JTYPL was a partner for the TEDxUStreetWomen conferences in 2019 and 2020. TEDxUStreetWomen is a local TEDx event celebrating the U Street Corridor community. Known as Washington’s cultural center at the turn of the century, U Street has long been a backbone of the city’s homegrown jazz, arts, and civil rights movements. Once bearing the scars of riots and protests, today it has regained its rightful place as the street to showcase DC’s vibrant cultural life, from music and food to activism and art. U Street has historically brought Washingtonians together to the sound of its homegrown music, from jazz and blues to rock and go-go.
Today its renovated clubs, new restaurants and shops are once again the center of DC’s humming nightlife. U Street is home for those who want to march to their own beat. U Street is both historic and colorful, boasting some of the richest culture of the city and full of bars, restaurants, and boutiques – as well as plenty of DC locals who come to enjoy the culture and the people-watching.
TEDxUStreetWomens mantra is Bold + Brilliant = Badass. What do we mean when we say, Bold + Brilliant = Badass? To be Bold, means you are willing to speak out for the issues that mean the most to you. To be Brilliant, means you have the experience, knowledge, and passion needed to advocate for your idea. When you combine Bold + Brilliant, the result = a Badass. Being a Badass means that, despite your fear, any potential backlash/criticism, or how unpopular your idea maybe to some, you will still push forward to share your truth.
Are you ready to be a part of a network and connect with individuals who are Bold, Brilliant and Badass?
Dates: April, July and October 2021
JTYPL is currently a partner for the TEDxUStreetSalon events. TEDxUStreetSalon is a local, independently organized event to be to be held in Washington DC. We want this to be an event that strives to recreate the unique experience found at TED, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers congregate to share what they are most passionate about. At its core, the fundamental goal of TED and TEDxUStreetSalon is to foster and spread great ideas. We aim to provide a platform where the smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries, and most fascinating teachers will be inspired and will have the opportunity to inspire others.
The organizers of the event decided to expand the TEDxUStreet brand because I recognized that I was missing a critical market audience – men. The TEDxUStreetWomen conference is the signature event of the TEDxUStreet brand. TedxUStreetSalon events provide additional value to the brand by having several smaller events before and after the TEDxUStreetWomen conference. These events do not to replace each other but complement each other. TEDxSalons are designed to be small but impactful. A critical element of salon is lively discussions, allowing attendees to actively participate in the event. With much smaller audiences, salons bring attendees together in more intimate spaces, and with more chances to get know and exchange ideas with each
Racism & Gender Discussions
June - November 2020
2020 has been a tumultuous year with the pandemic and racial unrest. After the murder of George Floyd, a lot of people wondered what they could do to make a difference and stand with many Black and Brown women who are affect by racism and racist acts. JTYPL decided to partner with the Association of University of Women (AAUW) Washington DC branch to host monthly virtual conversations around what individuals can do to stand against racism while understanding the unique struggles of Black women.
The title of the series is Racism and Gender: Exploring the Relationship Between Black and White Women. The format was 90-minute lunch and learn with a short TED Talk, Q&A, Polling, and panel and audience discussion. The following were the episode titles:
Episode 1: Be Color Brave: Addressing the Uncomfortable Conversation About Race;
Episode 2: Intersectionality: Living as a Black Woman;
Episode 3: Stereotypes: How Stereotypes Shape How We Interact With Each Other - "The Angry Black Women & the Karen;
Episode 5: Activism: Working Together for Gender Equality:
Episode 6: TEDxUStreetWomen Conference, Bold + Brilliant = Badass: Now What - Virtual Conference. Check out the link below to watch the discussions.
See For Yourself
JTYPL’s vision is to transcend the exploitation of women and youth throughout the world. We hope for a world where everyone is treated equally. We hope for a world where our children won’t have to wake up hungry. We hope for a world where our communities aren’t plagued with unemployment and despair. We hope for a world where poverty is eradicated.
"Our environment greatly influences our ability to dream and believe in ourselves. Individuals who have been deprived of nurturing resources such as basic education, healthcare, economic opportunities, and community support have difficulty setting long-term goals and finding the willpower to reach them. "
-- Kim Webster, President & CEO