Destination: Me! (DM) creates a safe village for African American children to be supported academically, emotionally, physically and financially. The project targets young men who has a family member who is a victim of violent crime. Destination: Me! taps into the strengths of the African American community through exposing young people to successful adults who have similar stories with triumphant endings. Young African American physicians, engineers, architects, dentists, nurses, teachers, entrepreneurs will provide support for children in the program from third grade through the successful completion of professional school. Each child will be paired with a certified life coach and academic coach to help them reach benchmarks toward success. Benchmarks include reading at the 9th grade level at the end of the 6th grade year and reading at the 12th grade level at the end of the 10th grade year. Additional tracking measures are attendance, grade point average and progress toward a "Let's Do Something Big" project. The project is designed with the student and their life coach by the end of the child's 5th grade year, projects are tailored to the child's interests and goals but could be becoming an Eagle Scout, being accepted to a top ten college, implementing a large scale service project, writing a novel, etc.
Each child will travel outside of the United States before High School completion and have five adult champions to Shepard them to success.