We are so proud of Deven for graduating with his Associate of Science degree from Marion Military Institute! Deven has not let a traumatic past and education gap hold him back from pursuing his dreams, and we are honored to call him part of our Boys and Girls Country family.
Deven’s early years were surrounded by drugs, crime and abuse. Statistics said that he was likely to be a high school dropout or end up in prison. However, God had bigger plans for him, and he came to live at BGC at the age of 14.
When Deven arrived, he was behind his peers academically. He credits BGC for helping him to strive for a brighter future by supporting him academically and emotionally.
“I would like to give many thanks to all the donors, sponsors, teaching parents, mentors, friends, family members and brothers and sisters through Christ who made the opportunity to pursue a higher education possible,” Deven said. “If it weren’t for your support, love, courage and commitment to my future and success, I would not have had the opportunity I did.”
Deven’s associate degree is not the end of his pursuit for higher education. He is working toward the completion of an undergraduate degree while he continues to serve on active duty in the U.S. Army.
“I have aspirations to one day serve as a commissioned officer and use my position of leadership and influence to positively influence the lives of those around me through selfless service,” Deven said.
His long-term plan is to attend law school. He wants to focus on fighting crimes against children and special victims or narcotics trafficking.
We are blessed to be able to support Deven on his journey through life and higher education.