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Only Goals in Dwyanyae's Path

Updated on February 06, 2018

Dwyanyae's favorite quote is "better days are ahead" and as he says this with a bright smile on his face, you have a feeling he's right. The excitement he has for his future is contagious. Within seconds of meeting him, you feel his enthusiasm and are instantly inspired. Dwyanyae says he isn't looking back, he's taking the opportunities he's been given and running with them.

And, running he is. Life has changed dramatically for Dwyanyae. This past May, he graduated from high school, enrolled in a local college and recently moved into campus housing. With support from Youth Services and others, Dwyanyae applied for the President's Leadership Class scholarship and was awarded a full scholarship to pay for his education. 

To say his freshman year is starting off incredibly is an understatement. Not only is he loving his classes, he is managing one of the school's social media accounts and is a favorite to win one of 16 open Student Senate spots.

He's also doing work study, working as the school's Wellness Center and at the home athletic games. This helped him to cross paths with the school's athletic director and, after a conversation about soccer, he now has an opportunity to try out for the team. Dwyanyae was known in high school for excelling on the field, so playing for the team would be a dream come true.

While life is going much smoother these days for Dwyanyae, he doesn't shy away from talking about his past. He knows he's better for having gone through the hard times. For several years, life wasn't easy for him or his twin brother. They moved around a lot. In 2014, they met their father by chance just before he suddenly passed away. His mother was doing her best, but there was conflict in the home and his twin brother ran away. Unfortunately, their mom blamed Dwyanyae for his brother leaving and he ended up being kicked out. 

The brothers were suddenly without a place to call home, but they did have each other. They went from couch to couch for a while, staying where they could. They lived in a shelter before a friend's dad asked them to come live with them. Life started turning around when his school counselor referred him to Youth Services. 

"Youth Services encouraged me and they were the extra shoulder I needed to lean on while I was taking this journey – this transition from high school to college," said Dwyanyae. "If it wasn't for Youth Services, I don't know where I would be right now."

With the guidance of Youth Services, Dwyanyae has been working on rebuilding his relationship with his mom. He lived with her this summer before moving on campus and he is thrilled to have her back in his life.

Dwyanyae's decision on a major was a given – psychology. His passion for the subject started after he was given a chart for his birthday several years ago. This triggered an ongoing fascination for tracking his emotions and heart rate.

He hopes to become a therapist or a school counselor one day. Dwyanyae would like to give back to his high school and help kids who are going through tough times. He wants kids to know it is okay to ask for help and says it would be an honor to help kids just like his counselor and Youth Services did for him.

When asked about what he would like to tell supporters of Youth Services, he responded with, "Your donations kept clothes on my back. It always put a plate on the table for me and my twin brother as well. I really thank the people who donate to Youth Services to help people like me to live. I'm really thankful for the people who support Youth Services. They are God's angels. If it wasn't for them, who knows what the youth of Oklahoma City could be going through. That's why I want to give back and I will give back."

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