Founded in 2008 as a direct response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the enormous toll its effect had on the children and youth of the Greater New Orleans area and beyond, Directed Initiatives for Youth, Inc. (DIY) co-founders and New Orleans natives-Penny and Gerald Williams, sprang into action. Their overall mission then and now is to provide positive opportunities and experiences for youth between the ages of 6-18 that will assist them in becoming individuals who will make a powerful impact on their communities now and well into adulthood, having a multi-generational impact. This mission is accomplished through the implementation of DIY’s proven summer and year around enrichment programming. This multi-faceted curriculum and program, designed to address the “whole child”, is an all-inclusive approach combining academics, athletics, nutrition and good stewardship programming under the umbrella, Excite! All Stars.