For the last nine months, Grant has spent his Tuesday afternoons meeting Chelsea, helping participants in the Young Men’s program prepare for their HiSET (formerly GED). He found out about Roca while researching social justice organizations. Roca was an ideal organization for Grant, a Spanish speaker interested in immigration and criminal justice issues.
Grant’s experience at Roca has been both trying and gratifying. Building trust with Roca’s high risk young people takes time and a great deal of work. Success for Grant is when the participants ask to work specifically with him or ask about him on days he isn’t volunteering, small indications that he is building relationships with these young men.
He relays a story of one young man, who had some early struggles at Roca. “Now he has a job and an apartment with his girlfriend and he said to me ‘I got to learn English’ and is all fired up to work with me. I was like, alright, this is progress and was really happy about that”.
Overall, Grant deeply values his experience at Roca. Outside of Roca, Grant is involved in a few of business ventures. He explains that “It’s impacted me because I get caught up in the day to day business world and then when I come in here it puts all of that into perspective.”
“It’s impacted me because I get caught up in running businesses, the day to day in that world and then when I come in here it puts everything in my world into context.”
— Grant Devine