About us

Our Story

Welcome to our nonprofit organization, where we are dedicated to instilling hope and advocating for the causes of our students. Our mission is to provide educational scholarships and crowdfunding opportunities for low-income minority students, empowering them to pursue and complete their college education. By leveraging the generosity of our community and harnessing the power of technology, we aim to create a new paradigm of educational philanthropy. We understand that financial assistance is often a critical barrier, and we are here to bridge that gap.

Through strategic partnerships and passionate fundraising efforts, we are able to offer a range of grants and support to our students. From tuition and room and board grants to after-school tutoring, clothing, books, computers, travel expenses, bedding, and more, we strive to address the various needs that may arise during a student’s educational journey.

Operating primarily online, our organization is guided by a dedicated team who are deeply invested in our cause. We draw inspiration from our founder, Morlette Cowan, and her late sister, Dahlia Cowan, who have paved the way for our work. We believe in changing the world one student at a time, and our commitment extends beyond financial support. We also provide college preparedness training to equip our students with the necessary tools for success.

We invite you to explore our Programs page to learn more about our organization and the initiatives we offer. Together, we can make a lasting impact in the lives of low-income minority students, empowering them to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams.

Our Why

In the words of our founder

I grew up in Jamaica, West Indies, the seventh in a family of ten children. And while I am unsure where it began, my most vital asset has always been listening; in fact, I’m called the ‘Switzerland’ of my family, the sibling counselor mediator, and some.

From the emotions of those around me to the arguments between my siblings, I am an emotionally inclined being who feels things intensely.  As an adult, I realized my social ideals crossed with that of one of my older siblings, Dahlia – we both loved to help others. Dahlia provided private tutoring in the UK and made humanitarian trips to Africa. I opted to help on a smaller, more intimate scale— sponsoring my first student from Jamaica in 2017. Dahlia and I had such hopes, but sadly, she would pass away in 2019, ten months after her cancer diagnosis. My beloved sister died with dreams that had not yet come to fruition, including ours, and her untimely death made me realize the best time to do anything is now and here. 

Adopt A Destiny was launched less than two years after my sister’s death, in 2021.

Back in 2017, my heart was moved by the plight of a student trying to raise money to travel and study abroad after being turned down for loans, despite impressive academic achievements. Her name is Sashalee Beasley, and after searching for her online, I vowed to help as best as possible throughout her college journey. 

Although Sashalee became a doctor in July 2022, she could have been part of this statistic. My promise to Sashalee is that I would help others like her, and now Adopt A Destiny exists to remind other students that someone, somewhere, is doing everything in their power to help. We aim to use peer-to-peer fundraising to inspire local communities and groups to “Adopt” and pool resources to help students throughout their college journeys. Adopt A Destiny fulfills my late sister Dahlia’s hopes and embodies my life’s dream of helping others. If I have made a single life more manageable, I have met my aspirations.

CORE VALUES

Honesty

We believe in fostering a culture of truthfulness and transparency in all our interactions. We promote honest team communication and storytelling, ensuring that information is shared openly and authentically. By valuing honesty, we build trust and maintain integrity in our organization.

Nurture

We are committed to nurturing the potential of every individual, including children and staff. We believe in creating a supportive and encouraging atmosphere that fosters personal and academic growth. By providing the necessary resources, mentorship, and guidance, we empower students and staff to realize their true potential and achieve their goals.

Empathy

We are driven by a deep sense of empathy and compassion for others. We understand the challenges faced by black and brown low-income high schoolers and college students, and we strive to provide support without judgment. Through empathetic listening and understanding, we create a safe and inclusive environment where everyone feels heard and valued.

Diversity

We celebrate and embrace diversity in all its forms. We recognize the unique experiences and perspectives of black and brown individuals, and we actively work towards addressing the disparities faced by minority communities. By promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we aim to create a more equitable society where every individual has equal opportunities for success and personal fulfillment.

Head over to our Programs page for information on our initiatives. SEE how we’re making an impact in the community.