Abbott House Alumni Heads to Law School
David was just 15 years old when he was placed in the Old Mamaroneck Group Home in White Plains, NY. His mother and father were both suffering from drug addictions which lead to David and his brother being placed in the group home. In spite of constant struggles, he remained optimistic from an early age and welcomed the opportunities group home staff and his social worker helped to create. During his time in the Abbott House group home, he spent a summer in Boston and traveled with his high school to China. Since then he has continued to travel as frequently as possible. He has said on numerous occasions that the support and guidance of the group home staff, particularly Tony Taylor and other influential mentors, has guided him down the successful path.
David graduated from White Plains High School in 2011. Currently he is attending the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he will receive a Bachelors of Arts in Speech Communication and Politics this December. At Potsdam he has become involved in the school’s rugby team and joined Greek life. During his time at Potsdam, he has been employed fulltime to support himself. He has worked various jobs – currently as an insurance agent and in the midst of launching an internship program that will be partnered with SUNY Potsdam. During his time at school he has grown to become interested in criminal justice and law. This past summer he was accepted as a summer legal intern at the Federal Communications Commissions in Washington D.C. and hopes to continue to pursue his legal interests in law school in the fall of 2015. In the face of the hardships he endured as a young boy, he has always remained a chipper and optimistic individual. David is now beginning the process of applying to law schools with his eye on Duke, Vanderbilt, and the University of North Carolina. Thanks to the support and guidance he received from Abbott House, David is now focused on a very bright future.