Hi! I am Destine Grigsby and I am a student at duPont Manual High School. I am interested in environmental science and social justice. I have worked with meany groups in my community in order to inspire change, some of these include Louisville Grows, the Louisville Zoo, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition, and more!
Besides that my favorite group to work with is the World Wildlife Club at my school. Working with them has been a wonderful experience and it is something that I honestly look forward to every year. I have met so many amazing people and started many service projects that have allowed me to expand my love for the environment. This was also an amazing leadership opportunity where I was able to learn more about myself and working in groups.
In addition, the Louisville Zoo is like a second home for me. For the past three years I have spent every Sunday at the zoo working in various areas. From this experience, I have learned what hard work is and how to be leader in situations where I feel uncomfortable. I have also learned a lot about working with animals and different forms of conservation that I will hopefully be able to use in the future.
Louisville Grows is another nonprofit that I have been deeply impacted by. Louisville Grows is an organization that works towards urban sustainability in Louisville through urban forestry and urban gardening. I have been working with them for about a year and within that short year I have became a trained Citizen Forester and Citizen Gardener. I also conducted a 20 hour service project with them where I logged urban tree data into a computer and helped them find a new filing system.
Environmental justice isn’t my only passion, I also have strong passion for politics, so I have taken part in many mock government events through the YMCA. I have been attending the Kentucky Youth Assembly and the Kentucky United Nations Assembly for the past three years with a total of 6 conferences. The most important skills that these programs have gave me are how speak confidently and use my voice in an effective manor.
I also have a musical side. I have been playing the clarinet for five years and attend the Youth Performing Arts School at Manual. Music has been a challenging experience for me, but it is something that has ultimately helped me grow as a person. Most importantly music has taught me the value of hard work and it is this that has allowed me to have many achievements in music. I have been in the All County Band for two years and the All State Band for one. I have also played in the musical the Drowsy Chaperone and have won four gold medals at Kentucky Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble.