MISSION & IMPACT
We use experiential education pedagogies to foster empathy and empower people with the belief that they matter.
We believe a world headed up by empathetic leaders will act for the good of the planet and its citizens.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Empathy must be nurtured
We believe that empathy is an emotion that should be fostered from an early age by connecting with others, sharing stories and allowing empathy to grow within someone. Learning empathy starts with kindness, respect and gratitude.
Change is hard
Meaningful change can be incredibly challenging, it’s natural to prefer in our comfort zones. We create safe spaces for people to be their authentic selves, then enter brave spaces for real conversations and actions reflecting on their shared experiences.
Failure is part of growth
Failing Forward is our favorite term to describe continuous improvement. Whether we meet our goals or not, learning from our mistakes is a critical element of growth. We apply this principle to our own programs and never stop striving to be better.
Integrity is essential
We live in a world where the truth is under constant attack. We take an active stance to help our leaders explore the importance of integrity and make conscious informed choices.
Anyone can be a leader
We all have superpowers that can make us a great leader, we just need the chance to showcase them. Great leaders have the moral choice to use their powers for good or evil; we help ours focus on the good.
Experiential learning is best
Humans learn best when our whole selves are engaged; physical, social, intellectual, and emotional with guided reflection to embed understanding. Through purposeful sequencing we build experiences that allow people to move through change at their own pace.
2020 has been an incredibly challenging and emotional year. From the fear and anxiety caused by the COVID'19 Pandemic to the anger and outrage at the police killing of George Floyd and so many other victims, coupled with the most contentious presidential election in recent memory.
At Dylan's Wings of Change we have worked to tackle these headwinds, pivoting our programming to adapt to an enforced virtual world while achieving the same impactful outcomes that our in-person activities have delivered since 2015. Our partnership with The Friendship Journey in Florida that began in January 2020 unfolded into the most memorable and life-changing event we have been a part of, Camp Wings of Friendship.
2020 in Review
2020 was an incredibly challenging year for the foundation; COVID-19 forced the cancellation of our major fundraising events at Ragnar Relays and the New York Marathon.
We had to let two of our three staff go to maintain viability, nevertheless we maintained our programming with the help of many volunteers and managed to foster new programs such as Wings of Friendship.
The foundation continues to use a fiscal sponsor charity to provide strong governance and oversight while keep costs to a minimum.