Imagine growing up without a bedroom—or even your own bed. Diontae, 18, a high school senior in Bronx, New York, doesn’t need to imagine. When he was younger, he spent four years living in homeless shelters, sharing one room and just three beds with his mom and two sisters. “You know how, if you’re arguing with someone in your family, you can go to your room to be alone?” he says. “That wasn’t an option for us.”
Diontae knew he wanted more out of his life; he just wasn’t sure how to make it happen. Then one day, he overheard a friend’s mom talking about her college experience.