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David DeHart

David DeHart understands well the lasting impact positive adult role models can have on at-risk children’s lives. 

DeHart, a third year PhD student at MUSC and co-president of the Multicultural Graduate Student Association (MGSA), lived in group and foster care homes in the Upstate from age 13 to 18.

A series of influential mentors he met throughout his adolescence helped to encourage him and guide him down a path of success.

DeHart’s life experience motivates him to volunteer with CYDC youth. “I especially enjoy giving back to the community when I come to see these kids,” DeHart said.

“I faced many adverse situations that were beyond my control while living in DSS care, and I know many of these remarkable children have similar daily struggles in their lives. I want them to see that success can come with due diligence, hard work, and dedicated mentors. What my mentors have molded me into is beyond anything I could have ever imagined.”