We would like to honor a young man who entered the Acts4Youth program in fourth grade and after graduating last spring returned to volunteer with Acts4Youth’s high school students. This is the program come full circle. This is the ripple effect that your support is facilitating. Rather than the impact stopping with the student being directly affected, students like Daimon Dixon are taking what they’ve learned and impacting others.
Daimon said that he returned to Acts4Youth because he wanted to do bible study with other young men in similar situations to call out who they truly are in God and their ability to achieve kingdom work. “I felt like I just started doing bible study with my homeboys, and I was starting to read the bible more and stuff from the program was coming back to me. I felt like this would be a good chance for me to apply my knowledge, grow in it, and give it to others.”
Daimon, who is currently a freshman majoring in engineering at BCCC, explained that he initially joined Acts4Youth in 5th grade for the sense of community that it provided. He wanted to enjoy the company of others outside of school. It allowed him to create friendships that didn’t have negative consequences, but rather pushed for the greater good of their community together. “In the program they would have us do community projects where we would clean up the places that we live in. Mostly where there was a lot of trash and drug dealers. They would take all of us, and we would all go down there and just clean up.”
People are affected by not only the mission statement of an organization, but the genuineness behind it. Daimon believes that the amount of time and energy the leaders of Acts4Youth devoted to him made all the difference in the world. “What really drew me to them [Acts4Youth] was their mission because what you see is what you get in our neighborhoods…that’s what you are going to be.” Daimon explained that Acts4Youth is a game changer for those who want to break out of the cycle and rise above to do more with their life and impact their culture. That is exactly why he returned to Acts4Youth as an 18 year old young man. “When I heard about the mission, I was thinking I had a better future for myself.”
Daimon wanted to impact his friends as well, and even during middle school he felt as though Acts4Youth was a resource to influence those around him for the greater good and pursue more for their lives. “That was my chance to persuade all my other friends who didn’t have that mindset to get into that.”
“They gave me a way to get to my purpose,” said Daimon. “Acts4Youth showed me that there is more that I can do for myself than what is around me in my environment.”
We are grateful that Daimon has chosen for part of that “more” to be giving back to the next generation of Acts4Youth students.