Frisco nonprofit Destiny’s Leaders uplifts youth voices through I.AM.TIRED. movement

Nonprofit Destiny's Leaders is selling I.AM.TIRED. T-shirts for $25. (Courtesy Destiny's Leaders)
Nonprofit Destiny's Leaders is selling I.AM.TIRED. T-shirts for $25. (Courtesy Destiny's Leaders)

Nonprofit Destiny's Leaders is selling I.AM.TIRED. T-shirts for $25. (Courtesy Destiny's Leaders)

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Destiny’s Leaders, a STEAM leadership nonprofit for youth, started the I.AM.TIRED. movement around a month ago in response to racism. (Courtesy Destiny's Leaders)
Youth leaders from a Frisco-based nonprofit are speaking up for diversity and inclusion for Black lives in a newly formed movement.

Destiny’s Leaders, a STEAM leadership nonprofit for youth, started the I.AM.TIRED. movement around a month ago in response to racism, Destiny’s Leaders CEO Letetia Smith said.

“We just want to connect with other people who are tired so we can find solutions in our community,” she said.

The idea for I.AM.TIRED. began when Destiny’s Leaders mentors, members and parents started having conversations about being tired of fighting racial injustices against the Black community, Smith said.

"They said I'm just tired of people dying for no reason. I'm tired of having to work harder in school because of the color of my skin," she said.


One way youth from the movement are speaking up is through the Walk in My Shoes event.

Destiny’s Leaders is partnering with nonprofit We Believe for a shoe drive and walk June 20 at 6 p.m. that will begin at Frisco Commons Park.

Attendees will walk to the basketball courts at the Boys & Girls Club of Collin County where youth will speak on the importance of giving back to the community and why their voice is important, Smith said. Gently used shoes will then be collected to give back to families in the community.

“We don’t want any handouts,” Smith said. “We just want equality, diversity and inclusion.”
By Elizabeth Ucles
Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


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