DESTA Mission & History
Through our programs and services, DESTA aims to support the process of empowerment, strengthen authentic identity, and promote excellence.
In 2006, several community workers came together to discuss the needs of marginalized Black youth. A year later, the Padua Center received a seed grant from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and launched a six-month pilot project in partnership with several community-based organizations. Twelve youth participated in this six-month employment-focused initiative.
The pilot project came to an end, but the needs of its participants did not. To continue this vital work with disadvantaged young adults, DESTA Black Youth Network was born. Today we continue to mentor marginalized youth in the areas of education, health & personal development, and employment.