Recruits, trains and supervises up to 40 members who contribute 68,000 hours of service in tutoring, mentoring and participating in meaningful community service projects
Ervin grew up with five brothers in Haiti sleeping on roofs of buildings during the earthquake as he begged for food for his brothers. He moved to the U.S. hoping to live with his father, but came to find that his father had started a new family and did not want him. Ervin’s experience as an immigrant in high school was tumultuous. He was living with a relative who was being evicted at the end of the month. This shy kid with a sweet disposition was just trying to survive. How was he supposed to care about graduation?
Ervin was denied food stamps and rejected by all of the jobs he’d applied to. His graduation coach Lamees worked to find resources for him. A former AmeriCorps member, Laurel, helped Ervin find a place to live at the Vita Nova Villages. He passed his FCAT Reading test and brought his GPA up to a 2.5. Ervin walked across the stage in May with a high school diploma with his head held high. He has worked so hard to push through his many obstacles. He now maintains optimism and hope.
Ervin said, “I never thought that I would be that lucky in life. They [AmeriCorps members] helped me to get here, where I am right now. They make me feel like the strongest person alive. I was able to finish strong because of their motivation and support.”