Aligning boldly-resilient young people with the tools and mindset to move courageously,
with purpose and discipline, to activate underserved communities
Camp Destination Innovation
Root the Power
Marquetta Atkins is a community educator who brings her passion for working with youth and her creative energy to the table as a facilitator. For years she has dedicated herself to ensuring that young people are equipped with the tools for a better future. She was born and raised in Wichita, KS and graduated with a degree in Communications from Wichita State University. Her persistence in reaching her educational goals equipped her to be a mentor for high school youth in Wichita, including her own children Devon a senior at WSU and Aimani an sophomore at Prairie View A & M University.
Marquetta’s passion for youth development is rooted in her conviction that youth are the change-makers we need for the transformation of our communities, both today and in the future.
In 2015, she founded Camp Destination Innovation to expose young people to a variety of career options; encouraging them to create their own future. The camp also helps youth explore strategies for entrepreneurship and civic engagement, grounding their professional development in a larger vision for whole and healthy communities.
Striving to eliminate the barriers facing young people and women as entrepreneurs, Marquetta created Women Entrepreneurs of Kansas (WeKan!), an initiative to support the growth and power of women entrepreneurs. Marquetta’s talented facilitation challenges people to question their own assumptions and dig deeper into critical awareness. Marquetta is a member of the Entrepreneurship Task Force, the Evergreen Curriculum Committee, sits on the Juneteenth committee and serves on the Innovation Committee at Wichita State University.
Director of Administration
Root the Power Program Manager
Jondalyn has organized Root the Power since 2018, guiding the program through a successful expansion in size and impact. Her experience as an entrepreneur business owner, coaching individuals and groups in pursuit of their wellness goals, has equipped her to be a skilled mentor and facilitator with the young people involved in Root the Power and a connector with other community partners. Jondalyn has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and experience working in both business and nonprofit administration, which makes her invaluable to our internal operations and sustainability as an organization.
Program and Operations Director
Margi is involved in each of Destination Innovation’s program areas and in the internal operations of Destination Innovation. Her background is in program design and facilitation, as well as in building sustainable organizational cultures. She has a Master of Divinity degree and 10 years of experience in social justice education, particularly in immigrant rights, globalization, and racial justice. Margi’s vision for social change honors the need for multiple strategies and an ecosystem of efforts. Her hope is for people to see themselves as powerful and beautiful, as change-makers capable of uprooting internalized and external oppression and creating systems of equity and dignity. She loves working at the level of personal and interpersonal transformation, where people connect themselves to a bigger vision for social change.
Progeny Campaign Manager and Lead Organizer
Nichole has spent time organizing at organizations such as ACLU of Kansas, Sunflower Community Action and WSU. Nichole has held positions such as Central and Western Kansas Field Organizer and Racial Economic Organizer. Nichole has extensive experience organizing, educating, and training people from underserved and underprivileged communities. Nichole continues to work to empower and equip people to develop a love for their community, to create a self-sustained and desirable lifestyle, and to be an active part of movement for positive change. As a mother to a son, she hopes to instill in her community that being able to give back and build up your community is not only possible, but is the only way to build power for the working poor and other groups of oppressed people.
Progeny Community Organizer
Tyler has been involved in Progeny as a Youth Leader since the program began in 2017, and joined the program staff in 2018. Tyler is a formerly adjudicated youth in the state of Kansas who understands first-hand how and why the juvenile justice system needs to be changed to not only help youth grow but also to assist healing the community as a whole. He also knows how important it is to be proactive in investing in communities to build a safer and more prosperous Kansas. Tyler works on the national level as a former youth leader and now alumni of Youth First and has interned on a State level as a community organizer with Kansas Appleseed and received a governor’s appointment to the Kansas Advisory Group for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency and plans to utilize his platform to elevate the voices of impacted youth.
Shanae’ works with the Progeny Youth Leaders to advance their vision for transforming the juvenile justice system and reinvesting money into programs that support youth, preventing involvement in the juvenile justice system, and offering sustainable alternatives for economic development, wellness, and restorative justice. Shanae' is the founder of Willow Consulting and the Lead Organizer for Topeka JUMP, with her work focusing on activating diverse groups of people to passionately move towards a common purpose by making systemic change. Shanae’ holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Florida State University and 11 years of experience in community organizing, actively coaching nonprofit staff and faith leaders in building grassroots movements to address poverty and injustice in their local communities.
Root the Power
Yadira joined our team in 2018, entering the organization during a period of rapid development for both Progeny and Root the Power. Her work has been essential in the successful growth of these programs, helping them to become well-recognized within the Wichita community and beyond and to gain greater public involvement and support. With a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, she brings to the team her eye for design and her experience in social media, marketing, photography, and video production.
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