We strongly believe that it is only through personal relationships that a sense of individual responsibility can be reestablished. With a full understanding that this belief and practice will give youth the commitment to follow through on a path to adulthood, we've strategically developed our programs to coincide with these principles.

THE REASON WE EXIST

D.U.T.Y is a program that was created as a direct response to the growing number of young people that either falling through the cracks at school or are already entangled with juvenile court system.

THE PURPOSE OF OUR PROGRAMS

The goal of our program is to identify youth who are going to have a turbulent transition into adulthood and offer positive support system to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives. The focus is slightly different at each level, but the goal remains the same; empower the young person to make positive changes in his/her life.

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OUR MISSION

The mission of D.U.T.Y is the pursuit of the following principles:

  • Commitment: D.U.T.Y wants to inspire pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and instill a sense of hope in the future.
  • Responsibility: The focus of D.U.T.Y is to empower youth in establishing goals and following through on commitments.
  • Possibility: D.U.T.Y wants to expand the perspective of young people to make them aware of life’s possibilities.
  • Support: An individual is dramatically influenced by their support system. D.U.T.Y wants to surround young people in a caring, inclusive learning environment.
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D.U.T.Y offers at risk youth the opportunity to make a dramatic change in their lives.

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Jonnitta Haimes

President and Chief Executive Officer

A compassionate leader who's committed to public service.

Jonnitta is currently serving and representing a large portion of the historic East Dekalb of Atlanta community as a member of the Dekalb County School Council. While serving on the Council, Jonnitta spends time breaking down barriers that Urban low-income facilities face.

Jonnitta is working together with other nonprofit organizations to bridge the gap between the community to schools.

She works closely together with Panola Way Elementary School's principal and council staff to balance the budget and promote change throughout the school system.

Alongside her career in Public Service, Jonnitta has maintained a career in the private sector as a credit analyst for the Department of Education as well as other private agencies.

Jonnitta's commitment to the community and public service has been on going. She also serves on the ministry board for outreach at Berean Christian Church

Jonnitta has volunteered with numerous community organizations and has served on their boards as well.

She is a graduate of Miami Dade Community College and University of Florida. Jonnitta has a B.S. Degree in accounting. Jonnitta is the devoted wife of Theotis Haimes, a Dekalb County Trucking business owner (TLH Trucking) and they have the privilege of being the proud parents of two wonderful daughters.