Octavious Burris has been a member of the Anderson Boys & Girls Club since he was six years old. When he first started at the Club he was very shy and kept to himself. As a young child he was bullied and did not have many friends. With the support of staff members like Nakeia McQueen, Octavious was able to come out of his shell and make friends.
Today, 16-year-old Octavius is a role model to those in the Club assisting each day with Power Hour, a homework help sessions for Club members ages 6 to 18. Octavious knows the importance of academic success and he wants to see everyone succeed.
He has also enrolled in College Bound, a program that prepares teens for college testing, scholarships, and campus life. Octavious plans to attend Morehouse College to study sports medicine. He is already gaining experience in the filed as he assists with the soccer and basketball programs at the Club.
Octavious is always available to jump in where he can to help and serve others. Keisha Lacy, executive director of the Anderson Club, says Octavious has excellent leadership skills, is very organized, thoughtful, thinks big, and is an overall good guy.