Dehonta's passion was playing football, but he knew his career would go nowhere unless he changed his attitude, his actions, and those he considered his friends.
When a friend invited him to go to the Y, he immediately noticed the culture as different. "The people were so nice, and the staff were great," said Dehonta.
After spending time with caring adult role models and regularly attending Teen Late Nite, Dehonta noticed positive changes in his life. He raised his GPA while excelling on the football field, which set him up to receive several full-ride scholarships to college.
"The greatest change of all is that my siblings finally have someone they can look up
to who is on the right path to success," said Dehonta.