David spent 2.5 years in Oklahoma's foster care system.
David’s first time in care was during his third grade year, attending Mustang Public Schools. He bounced around inpatient facilities due to lack of foster homes and fear of liability for his yet-to-be-trained kinship home. After being detained nearly twenty times, arrested twice, and facing severe depression, he was placed in care again at the age of sixteen. Once in a more stable environment, David was able to improve by joining the student leadership team of his church, building a healthier relationship with his mother, taking part in playing on a high school rugby team, experiencing what it was like to be a big brother, and realizing how nice it was to finally have a father-figure who was a great storyteller- not to mention having a big family to cheerlead his endeavors. With the help of his mentors and best friend, throughout the entirety of his life and his foster care experience, this young man was able to graduate high school with a 3.86 GPA, be offered multiple full-tuition and full-ride scholarships, become the 2014 All-State Orchestra tuba player his senior year, letter in music, and most of all, begin his advocacy and thrive in his personal and professional life.
David chose Oklahoma City University as his university of choice where he is currently attending as a Sociology and Music Education Double Major, hoping to also receive a certification in Child Advocacy. As of now, he is President of R is for Thursday of his university and Chief of Staff of his Student Government Association. He led his school in the culmination of “OCU Feeds” which has provided over 800 meals, socks, and supplies to the homeless population of Oklahoma City since its culmination in the fall of 2015.
Currently, David is serving as the president of the Oklahoma Foster Youth Advocates Leadership-Council while employed as a Young Adult Consultant under the Capacity Building Center for States. His most coveted opportunity as an advocate thus far consists of his being one of the creators and presenters of the impromptu "Dirty Data" presentation at the first-ever Foster Youth White House Hack-a-thon.
David is a smile winner, intellectual, athlete, brother, son, and supporter of his peers in foster care.