Texas A&M Adviser D’Juan Johnson Wins National Excellence in AmeriCorps Service Award
Texas A&M adviser D’Juan Johnson was awarded one of AmeriCorps’ 2018 National Excellence in Service Awards during AmeriCorps’ annual awards ceremony last week. Johnson — who goes by DJ — was given the award for Most Impactful Service. (You can watch Johnson’s acceptance speech in the video above.)
Johnson, who served as an adviser at Nimitz High School in Houston, Texas, advised more than 800 seniors during his time as an adviser, from 2016-2018. He’s helped his students gain access to more than $5 million in scholarships, and he continued to serve his students virtually after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in 2017.
Johnson also received the Peter and Laurie Grauer True North Award at College Advising Corps’ 2017 Summit, which honors “a second-year adviser who has demonstrated impact, grace, humility, leadership, and most of all the ability to guide students and fellow advisers in a way that makes College Advising Corps a better program.”
Asked what this award meant to him, Johnson said: “It is just very meaningful and humbling to be recognized for my service. I have always had a passion for youth development ever since I was a teenager volunteering for The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. The College Advising Corps allowed me to serve the same community I was a product of. My first day as a college adviser, I realized that the potential impact in this position was bigger than I could ever imagine.”