When Devion started Beyond School, it was difficult for him to process his emotions. While he was often seen joking with classmates and volunteers, Devion’s entire demeanor would shift when he encountered conflict. Immediately, he would become quiet, shut down and distance himself from everyone in the room.

This is not the case for Devion today. With the support of our staff, Devion is showing tremendous emotional growth. Instead of removing himself from conflict, he is active in the classroom, he helps classmates with homework, begins reading assignments without being asked and cleans up the classroom at the end of the day. Known to have one of the largest voices in his classroom, Devion has learned to be a team player who can succeed in the class and help the rest of his classmates as well.