WDGA was founded in August 2006 as a “School to Work” program for youth in Kenya Africa. After coming home to Pittsburgh PA from many developmental trips to Kenya in 2010, our founder – Niecy Dennis White – witnessed the major increase in local youth violence and launched peace walks and vigils in Homestead PA. The mayor of Homestead – Ms. Betty Epser – encouraged WDGA to bring its 2steps2work to the community for an authentic “local to global” strategy. “This would allow the walks and vigils to have a stronger life-changing community impact and help get our youth off the street into the workforce” said Mayor Betty. In 2011, the first WDGA-USA 2steps2work program was launched with six students. Since that time, WDGA-USA has served several dozen students through its annual Dynamic Dozen programming for Homestead and its surrounding areas.
Words From Our Inspired Youth:
-Brooklyn Sanders: “WDGA has given me a new outlook on life.”
-Amaani Moore: “WDGA is feeding me the knowledge and skills to get ahead. It is creating opportunities and leading me on the road to success.”
-Tationa Clay: “The program has taught me a lot, especially on how to have a positive attitude and never give up. It is amazing!
-Aliyah McEnheimer: “WDGA has taught me to never give up, always have a positive attitude, and being responsible enough to know how Social Etiquette is important in this day and age. The program has been a GREAT experience so far and has helped me a lot!”
-Campbell Educational and Community Foundation
-Chuck Sanders Charities
-Rainbow Kitchen Community Services
-University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
-Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
-The Lord’s Church
What’s Next in the USA?
-Partnership with Steel Valley High School Career Counseling Department