DiAndre spent 10 years in Pennsylvania's foster care system and experienced 6 different foster homes. The oldest of four, DiAndre was ten when he and his siblings were first put into the system. "I was the oldest and our placement was a new and frightening experience for all of us."

"During the past year I was a Peer Educator with Planned Parenthood at the Achieving Independence Center. As a Peer Educator I was given the opportunity to teach Healthy Relationship classes to members at the Achieving Independence Center. I also participate as a Peer Mentor with the Achieving Independence Center Mentoring Program. As a Peer Mentor I mentor younger youth, ages 12-17, who are in foster care. I am also a member of the Executive Board of the Philadelphia County Youth Advisory Board and have assisted in the planning and facilitation of our meetings. In addition, I participate in the Independent Living Youth Retreat Committee developing and planning activities for the upcoming annual retreat."

DiAndre enjoys watching and playing in sports and writing poetry.

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Anonymous (not verified) said:

DiAndre is being much to modest. He is a mentee. He and his mentor have worked together for over 6-months. They are great together. Due to his positive demeanor, diligence and civic actions he is one of nine "2009 Mentee of the Year" recipients awarded at the AIC/ PathWaysPA 6th Annual Mentor Recognition Luncheon January 24th. He is an astute student and kind soul. We, at the AIC, are quite proud of him!
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DiAndre takes advantage of every positive opportunity that presents itself. He is intelligent and ambitious, and recognizes the opportunities he has. He is humble about his achievments, and kind and polite to everyone he interacts with. Way to go, DiAndre!
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Anonymous (not verified) said:

Congratulation, It is a pleasure to know and work with you. Evelyn Jones Busby
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Anonymous (not verified) said:

Hello DiAndre and God Bless You, Im so proud of you and what you have achieve
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Diandre is a natural-born leader. You can feel his presence when he comes into the room. He works hard at school and at jobs and is a pleasure to be with. We feel fortunate to know him. -- Kate and Richard Bayer