Going From D.C. General to College

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Featured Stories, Playtime Live, Success Stories |


Playtime loves success stories, and this one especially warmed our hearts. Former Teen Night participant Destyni Tyree was featured in the Georgia-Pacific’s Brawny paper towels brand campaign, highlighting the accomplishments of Americans who exhibit strength and resilience and have triumphed over adversity.

“We’re so proud of Destyni, who was a regular participant in our Teen Night program for many months,” said Michelai Lowe, site manager for the Preteen and Teen programs at D.C. General Family Shelter. “It’s stories like this that inspire us to continue doing what we do. To give these young people space and hope while they’re going through a tough time in their lives, and let them know they can achieve much more than what it feels like in that moment.”

Destyni grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated high school at age 16 while living at D.C. General. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA, and received a full scholarship to Potomac State College, part of West Virginia University. Before Destyni left D.C. General, volunteers gathered in the Teen Room to give her a big send-off with gifts to help get her settled in the dorm.

In honor of the Fourth of July, the Brawny AmerICAN initiative showcased a series of short films featuring three inspiring people who overcame personal and professional challenges to pursue their dreams.

“We wanted to highlight inspiring stories in commemoration of our nation’s independence and illustrate what it means to conquer life’s challenges,” said Frances Morgan, senior brand manager at Georgia-Pacific.

Congratulations to Destyni for completing her first year in college, and thanks to the volunteers who helped get her there!