Marcus joined PYB in June of 2016. As a 23-year-old, he was one of the oldest young men in his cohort; his maturity elevated him to a class leader quickly. With an extensive criminal record, Marcus applied at a pivotal time in his life, he was about to become a father. When he arrived at PYB, Marcus had less than 6 credits. Through his dedication in the classroom and on site renovating affordable housing he was able to earn his high school diploma, multiple construction credentials and a Seagle Award and Scholarship. We weren’t the only people who took note of Marcus’ hard work, wonderful attitude and potential. After graduation the Alachua County Housing Authority, one of PYB’s key partners, hired Marcus for a full-time maintenance position with benefits. After a bumpy start, Marcus was awarded the Most Improved Employee award at their annual banquet. Marcus continues to work for the housing authority and is providing a bright future for his son.
Marcus has also strived to provide a bright future for his younger brothers. In 2017, Marcus’ brother Tevin followed in his brother’s footsteps and joined PYB. With mentoring and encouragement from Marcus, Tevin was able to graduate with honors.
Most recently in 2018, Marcus and Tevin’s youngest brother Cubby joined the PYB family. Both Tevin and Marcus are pushing Cubby to graduate and join them as esteemed alumni.
The three brothers each add to the unique perspective we have about family at PYB. Once in YouthBuild, always in YouthBuild…Our students are like family, their success, feels like our success.