The Creative Destination is a purpose-driven organization that focuses on leveraging rooms or small spaces in organizations and institutions in underserved communities that are not being utilized to their full potential. We work with these organizations to create a space that fosters a love of learning and literacy by donating materials and books.
The Creative Destination partners with organizations, after-school programs, laundromats, and many more locations to create spaces that promote literacy in underserved communities. These spaces offer a safe and comfortable environment to children who need them.
Kids in underserved communities have a desire to learn and yearn for the resources to do so. Without a learning space, children are susceptible to negative influences, causing educational backsliding. Our vision is to ensure children have a secure and educational environment to expand their literacy skills and empower our volunteers to create creative destinations for underserved communities around them.
To make The Creative Destination spaces sustainable, The Creative Destination accepts donations of gently used furniture and partners with recycled furniture companies to reduce furniture waste.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 9 million tons of furniture are thrown out each year. Many of these furniture pieces use wood from our forests, fueling deforestation around the world. The Creative Destination accepts donations of gently used furniture to combat the global environmental crisis.
Image above: the current technology lab
Our world is increasingly getting more and more digital. Technology has become an evermore present need in daily life. We recognize this need and have sought to address this by providing technology and digital resources to youth. However, at this time, the equipment is outdated and does not run modern applications at the speed needed for youth to perform at their best. This new Technolgoy Lab will connect students to digital opportunities and also allow 8th grade students to fill out online applications to high schools that will offer them Financial Aid.
Many children who used to come to my laundromat with their parents became restless and bored while their parents were doing their weekly laundry. I now see more of those children sit down and read books and be entertained by the books you provided. It is lovely to know that they are engaged, and I hope they are developing a love of reading. I am happy they are developing the skills they need to become successful readers as a community member.
I am also meeting many parents and customers who feel my laundromats are more welcoming than those around town with these small libraries. Thanks to you!
The owner of Stanford Coin Wash and Rengstorff Laundromat
There are approximately 2,500-3,000 children living in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, California. Many of these children lack spaces that allow them to experience the joys of being a child. The Tenderloin has the highest crime rates out of all San Francisco districts. Without a creative outlet to explore their passions, children are susceptible to negative influences such as involvement with drugs and crime, causing educational backsliding.
The Creative Destination's YouTube Page is dedicated to sharing education from fields in Mental Health to Agricultural Education. We also feature authors! Checkout the latest video with author Marianne Richmond who has been writing for over 20 years.
From working in the Tenderloin, the Fentanyl issue has penetrated this community. This is a danger to adults and especially to children. It was truly an honor to support ‘Melanie’s Law’ at the California State Capitol this past week. ‘Melanie’s Law’ is named in honor of Melanie Ramos, a 15-year-old girl, who passed away due to a Fentanyl overdose. This bill was introduced by Senator Cortese and I was grateful to speak next to Melanie’s beautiful family.
This law would require school officials to be trained in administering Naloxone Hydrochloride and provide education on the dangers of Fentanyl.
It was an honor for founder Ryland Adzich to meet with Supervisor Cindy Chavez to discuss efforts in promoting literacy and helping to end the Fentanyl Youth Epidemic. She is looking forward to the future and combining action with solutions.
Fentanyl continues to claim the lives of children, especially in California. Helping to encourage change in policy provides opportunities to save lives.
Ryland has been volunteering in her community since 8th grade when she became the first ambassador to Bookworm Global. Check out Bookworm Global here.
My focus is to promote education equity for underserved youth through creative literacy spaces. Laundromats, technology labs, and literacy multipurpose room spaces all provide the opportunity to help kids thrive.
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