FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – After losing her brother while in high school, a Fort Wayne woman has found a way to carry on her legacy while helping the youth of Fort Wayne.
Dana Leroyne Causey was killed when his friend accidentally shot him while playing with a gun in 1988.
âThe day before he died, he told me about all the things he wanted to do with his life. We didn’t know he only had 36 hours left to live, but he was such an amazing young man who has done so much for so many other people. There are people who can tell you that their life has changed because of him, and so I just want to continue this legacy, âsaid Angelique Causey, Founder of the Dana Leroyne Causey Family Empowerment Foundation.
The Dana Leroyne Causey Family Empowerment Foundation began on her 48th birthday. The foundation will help 10 young men and 10 young women through its Prcless (pronounced invaluable) and Powerful program.
Ten young women will be placed in the Prcless program while 10 young men will be in the Powerful program throughout their four years of high school. During the program, they will receive training in mentoring and career development.
“Even though the ‘i’ and the ‘e’ are missing [in Prcless], you are still priceless with nothing broken. Destiny by design, so we want to help them design their destiny, âCausey said.
Causey said the foundation wanted to help teens understand that where they are now is not where their future is.
âThere are a lot of youth-serving organizations and other organizations. We’re not trying to replace any of them, we’re just trying to improve the services they provide. What we offer is personalized personal development, âsaid Causey.
The inaugural class is expected to be accepted in January 2022. The first class will focus on students who participate in the Alternative Program for Statutory Offenders (SOCAP) program because they miss school and have to go to court. If there are spaces available, other organizations in Fort Wayne will refer students.