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Xavier's Story

Xavier

My earnest and extensive knowledge of leadership development began as a Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) YouthBuild student in Denver, Colorado. 

At the age of 13, I became involved in street life and the court system; he left high school without a degree. I enrolled at MHYC and, through the program, earned his GED. In 2008, I graduated from the program having received the Metropolitan Mayor’s and Commissioners Youth Award. With the support from my Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, I enrolled in the Community College of Denver and received my Associate’s degree in General Studies.  

Today, I hold a leadership position as the Program Coordinator: Equity & Leadership at MHYC. Within this leadership position, I mentor, teach, and work directly with youth ages 18-24 to help them develop their skillsets, mindsets, and sense of community as a foundation for positive impact. I am committed to removing some of the barriers opportunity youth face and providing them with support he lacked growing up. I was a member of YouthBuild USA’s former National Alumni Council (NAC) and the 2019 class of Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado. I am currently enrolled in Metropolitan State University pursing his Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Nonprofit Management. I dream of continuing my impact by starting my own nonprofit for low-income youth while also challenging systems that continue to serve as barriers to their success.    

 What I want other young people to know about my experience is that there comes a time that you realize that the people you're fighting, stealing, and dealing drugs to are in the same struggle as you. I made it a point to give back to my community and others like mine through service which would make the world a better place. 

I am a proud father of two children. In my free time, I volunteer as a coach for little league sports in the local basketball and football leagues.