For 15-year-old Lawndale High School student Deven A., growing up without a father or male figure in the home means dealing with insecurities and less guidance.
“You have to learn to make your own path,” said Deven A., whose father was once gang-affiliated. “It’s normal for so many of us to grow up without our fathers and it sucks.”
To fill the void, Deven A. makes a point to seek out male mentors from whom he can learn. That’s why on Feb. 27 he was among 60 black male students from California’s Leuzinger, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Lloyd, Mira Costa, Dominquez Hills, and Centennial high schools to participate in Kinecta Federal Credit Union’s second annual Defying the Odds Black History experience. Kinecta FCU is a $4.5 billion credit union in Manhattan Beach, California.
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