Destiny Watson is a James Hart Class of 2012 graduate, and a Homewood Flossmoor High School Class of 2016 graduate. Destiny currently attends the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio where she is now a sophomore, majoring in Human Rights Studies. She plans to receive her Master’s in Public Administration and run a nonprofit organization dedicated to youth, volunteerism, and local & global issues. At the age of 16, Destiny founded You Matter 2. The mission of You Matter 2 is to inspire and empower youth to be world changers. you matter 2 first started off as an instagram page that destiny created to motivate and uplift teens.
Destiny has been recognized at We Day Illinois, an event which celebrates youth involved in service. Destiny has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, on the Chicago Community Trust’s website, a Life Time show called "Live Life Forward", Windy City Live, and on the Chicago ABC Channel 7 News. Destiny was invited to speak at a WE Day Illinois kick-off event to share her service story. Magic Johnson was in the audience, and was so impressed with her work that he pledged to fund her college career. Destiny is truly doing her all to leave her mark on the world.
Destiny spends a lot of her time volunteering with various organizations, such as, Operation Snowball where she has served as a small group leader and overall director, and now a support staff coordinator. Destiny gives a lot of credit to this program for bringing out the leadership she didn't know she had. Destiny believes in empowering youth and living healthy lifestyles and through You Matter 2 and Operation Snowball she is doing just that.
"As the sun rises, it delivers a present, 24 hours to make a change in the world, whether it’s getting a stranger to smile or getting through 5 chapters of exam work- it’s a change. If we went to bed every night and thought about all we achieved in those 24 hours and challenged ourselves to achieve one more thing each day- just imagine what the world would look like. So here is the challenge to you: what did you achieve today and what are you going to do with your next gift of 24 hours?" -K Slater. What are you going to do differently today?"