Meet Dayan Jones

A few years ago, Dayan, his mother Natasha and his younger brother and sister found themselves in a difficult situation. His brother had a health condition requiring daily dialysis, and Natasha had to quit her job to take care of him full-time. They had no source of income, and they needed a place to live.

Thankfully, someone led them to City of Refuge. There, they became residents of Eden Village I, City of Refuge’s community designed exclusively for mothers in crisis and their children. As residents, Dayan and his family had access to the medical care they needed, as well as vocational training, education and childcare solutions to help them get back on their feet.

Since leaving Eden Village I, Natasha has secured employment, and she and her family have moved into a home in Vine City. Her youngest son has even had a kidney transplant.

As for Dayan, he’s now a junior at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta’s Westside. He participates in the school’s Level Up program and is a leader in its Gentleman of Quality Group. He’s also an entrepreneur, building an online T-shirt company where he designs the shirts, too.

But, his first love is engineering, which he discovered through City of Refuge’s robotics program. Through the program, he met Dr. Maxwell, the principal engineer at that Georgia Institute of Technology. And last summer, he was chosen for an internship at Georgia Tech’s Research Institute, which he’ll attend again this summer.

A charismatic young man who believes in leading by example, Dayan plans to study mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech after graduation. His dream? To change the world through the art of technology.