Darius Pettway Life Skool is a 501(c)(3) that provides mentoring programs, leadership conferences, prevention workshops, enrichment field trips, and probation support programs to students ages 11-17 who are “most vulnerable” to entering the juvenile justice or adult correctional system. This is identified through family involvement, school discipline, foster care, and the community supervision system. The average Life Skool students come from socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods, single-parent homes, and cultures of hardship, often resulting in unstable behaviors based on survival and antisocial tendencies. We promise to eliminate the challenges and barriers that our students face. Life Skool aims to disrupt this cycle through our core values: family, career, and environment. With our programs, students will develop the skill of leadership identification, self-empowerment, and conflict resolution. Studies have shown these skills can reduce the appeal of criminal activity and prevent a revolving door in the criminal justice system while allowing students to maximize their potential in life.
Eliminating Excuses While Creating OpportunityDarius Pettway
If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to failKobe Bryant
Positive attitudes lead to positive behaviors, positive behaviors drive positive outcomes.Shaq Tensley
About The Founder
Darius Pettway, MAS, is a passionate youth advocate and author who believes in the power of faith, sacrifice, and the strength of family. Using his knowledge of the criminal justice system, Darius has vowed to give his time and efforts to those youth who may otherwise be overlooked. He has spent all his energy counseling young men and women in underserved communities, including residential and independent living centers, the Austin Independent School District, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, and Dallas renowned mega church, the Potters House. Darius also serves as a member of the Texas Center for Justice & Equality coalition Statewide Leadership Council whose mission is to educate communities across the state of Texas on current legal policies and practices while ending mass incarceration.
Together, our mission is to restore hope and opportunity into young adults by providing them with tools of leadership, self-empowerment, and conflict resolution to unlock their hidden potential through mentoring services.
YEAR OF CARE
Sponsored By: Walls Of Life Publishing
Class of 2019 Darius Pettway Youth Leadership Conference
DPYLC is a proven blueprint that provides young adult males positive alternatives to gangs, violence, and dropping out of school while developing their leadership skills and exposing them to higher educational opportunities, financial literacy and skill trades.
20 Students Ages 7-18
Cabin Style Logging
3 Nights 8 Meals
Lead The Lion
5:30am PT Training/Team Bonding (Daily)
Picnic Bon Fire Pit
Lake Sports (Paddle Boats/ Canoes)
Outdoor Pool and slide
AMC Team Movie
VNA Meals on Wheels
Served over 50 Families
Health Snack Packs
Over 1.2 million students drop out of High School in the United States every year; this number means that one student every 26 seconds, or 7,000 students per day, does not complete High School. In addition, U.S. High School dropouts commit 75% of all crimes, and out of that population, roughly 95% will return to their respective communities. Knowing this problem needs solutions, we must work to Create Youth Leaders Of Today!