Derrick Thompson founded the foundation in 2016, because he saw a need for youth empowerment in his community. The native of Franklin, Virginia believes every child deserves a clean slate and opportunity to succeed in life. This need for youth empowerment and his desire to help others drove his passion to create a space for young people to grow. Since the organizations conception, DTF has serviced numerous kids by Back To School Drives, Diaper Bank, and Academic Awareness Awards.
We believe all youth can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
We seek to empower our youth with the tools necessary to succeed. To fulfill our mission we will inspire them to reach their full potential and encourage them to grow spiritually, mentally, and physically in order to enhance their quality of life. In doing so, they will be able to build legacies for generations to come.
Our vision is to be the leading organization sought after that helps cultivate youth into contributing members of society. We will help young people understand how to love themselves as well as others, teach them people skills, and help them find their purpose in life.