Deaquan, a 17 year-old senior, grew up in Peoplestown. He faced the challenges that come with growing up in poverty with a young single mother. He has fond memories of time spent at Emmaus House after school with Miss Ann. Snacks, homework time, games, walks to the park – these were opportunities that helped to shape Deaquan’s early years.
When he was eight, Deaquan went to Camp Winona in Bridgton, ME as part of Emmaus House’s Summers Away program. For nine years, he made new friends, learned about ecology, camping, hiking, and other outdoor things, and experienced a world that is quite different from what he experienced in Peoplestown. He says he learned about brotherhood, about the power of friendship, about how to be in life.
Deaquan is a young man on the move. This past summer, he served as a Counselor in Training, learning what it means to take on increased responsibility and to lead other children. Of that experience, he says, “I like that I can help the kids with activities. I like to see smiles on their faces.” Deaquan will serve as a Counselor in 2015. He wants to help shape the lives of young people as counselors before him shaped his.
Deaquan has a helping spirit. When his time as a counselor concludes next August, he will head to the College of Coastal Georgia School of Nursing where he will study to become a nurse. Deaquan is breaking the cycle of poverty. With his giving spirit, no doubt he will help other young people to do the same in the future.
When asked what Emmaus House has meant to him, Deaquan says, “Emmaus House gave me opportunities that I wouldn’t have had. It gave me a path to the right life.”