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Joseph’s Graduation

We are so proud of Joseph for earning his Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Houston-Downtown! Joseph is the first in his biological family and the second in his adoptive family to graduate from college.

“When I first came to BGC, obtaining a bachelor’s degree was not something I thought possible for myself,” Joseph said. “Because of my past, I had poor grades and a poor attitude, and I lacked confidence. I’m here to tell you that you are the decider of your own destiny.”

When Joseph graduated from high school, he thought his future was the military. However, life does not always go as planned, and Joseph discovered a new passion.

Joseph is a registered behavior technician and works in applied behavior analysis with clients who have autism and spectrum disorders. He is also a full-time caretaker for clients who have developmental delays or disabilities.

In the spring, Joseph is pursuing his Master of Arts degree in special education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis. Joseph is thankful for the opportunities and support he has received from BGC.

“The memories and relationships that I have created here at BGC will last a lifetime,” Joseph said. “This is a place that I’m proud to call my home even though I was not thinking that all those years ago. To all of the younger kids, please remember to take advantage of the opportunities this program has to offer because you truly do have the golden ticket.”