Tennessee High School Grad Heads to College After Overcoming Homelessness

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- As recent high school graduates pack their bags for fall semester, the experience might mean more for one young man, who went from being homeless to being college-bound, FOX40 sister station WREG reports.

"I've had students to come to me and say, 'You know, I had no idea that you were going through that," said Overton High School graduate Dacavien Reeves.

He told WREG that he lived in many places during high school, including hotels, a shelter and a car. Despite it all, he is about to enter his freshman year at Morehouse College.

"Education is very important to me, my academics. I call myself a nerd," he said with a laugh.

More than 80 percent of Shelby County School students are considered economically disadvantaged. Still, Reeves has been through more in his 18 years than many go through in their lifetime.

Recently, SCS put together a video telling his story. While in high school, Reeves' mother's health declined. He did his best to help her and his siblings while holding a job and getting schoolwork done.

"I knew I could do better, but I couldn't help my situation," he said.

Reeves said that with the help of teachers and mentors, he took his junior year GPA from a 2.1 to a 4.3.

He even launched a group called Camp B.A.S.I.C. to help his classmates develop leadership skills and tackle tough issues. It stands for Brothers and Sisters Improvement Club.

"People believing in you and seeing that teachers believe in you, and your mom believes in you, your little sister, I had no other choice but to keep my spirits high," Reeves said.

Now, those supporters could not be prouder. His mom's car bears a "Morehouse Mom" sticker. She is currently able to work.

Reeves believes things are looking up too. "You're worth it. Everything about you is worth it," Reeves told WREG.

He said he obtained a Pell Grant and a student loan to help pay for school. His mentor launched a crowd-funding page to help him finance this next chapter.