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Posted on May 19 2016
D.J. moved here from Haiti when he was 11 years old. He didn't know the language or the customs and had left his mother in Haiti to start a new life with his father in Pine Hills, FL. In 8th grade D.J. was introduced to ELEVATE Orlando and soon connected with one of their Haitian staff, Mr. Frantz Lumaine. "Mr. Lumaine could relate to me, I could look up to him, my dad wants me to grow up to be just like him," said D.J.
Over the past few years, the two have shared many life experiences together. D.J. says Mr. Lumaine is playful, fun, listens without talking first, leads by example and is the man he admires most.
Mr. Lumaine says D.J. demonstrates exceptional courage, respect, and leadership and is a great communicator.
Mr. Lumaine is helping D.J. apply for a full scholarship to Rollins College where he wants to major in International Business.