Tommy spent 5 years in the State of Texas’ foster care system before being adopted at age 13. The adoption failed however and Tommy was homeless during his years in High School.

After High School, Tommy graduated from Texas State University in 2017 and now works for a terrific organization working in schools to empower at-risk students to stay in school and achieve their goals. In this role, he provides students with academic coaching, mentoring, weekly support groups, community service opportunities, career-oriented field trips, and other positive and productive activities. Additionally, Tommy looks for any opportunity to “give back” through volunteering, including coaching little league and starting a program to give his friends and co-workers a chance to provide Christmas presents to the kids in his program.

Tommy sees his work with Communities in Schools as a great way to start his career.  He has now accepted a role as an educator, in order to deepen this work and to be a voice for at risk youth. In the long term, he hopes that his work can contribute to making life better for youth and changing public perceptions about youth in foster care.

“Be the change that will inspire hope in others.”