Devon T. Wade Memorial Fund
This fund was established to honor the life of Devon Tyrone Wade and continue his legacy of advocacy, generosity and service.
In 2004, Devon Wade joined No More Victims, a voluntary, daily classroom program for students experiencing the trauma of parental incarceration. His experience in this program inspired his devotion to mentoring and serving children whose parents are incarcerated. Devon was a shining example of the program and used his experiences as motivation to overcome adversity. He graduated in 2007 from Smiley High school in Houston, TX.
Devon went on to receive a full scholarship at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he double majored in Sociology & Criminology and African-American Studies. Devon was the first African American student at LSU to receive the Truman Scholarship, a prestigious award that recognizes emerging leaders. After graduation from LSU, Devon went on to Columbia University in New York City, where he received a Master’s Degree in Sociology in 2013.
In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Devon received several prestigious awards, including the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Fellowship, and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellowship. He was a founding member of the Students of Color Alliance (SoCA), at Columbia University and volunteered his time as a graduate student mentor. Devon was a candidate for a Doctorate in Sociology. Columbia University will award his Doctorate posthumously this Spring, 2018.
Devon’s impact was felt far beyond Columbia; he traveled across the US to deliver motivational and keynote addresses in prisons, and mentored the children of incarcerated parents through No More Victims.
Tragically, on November 26, 2017, Devon’s life was taken too soon. In order to honor his legacy we have created this memorial fund. All of the proceeds raised through the memorial fund will support No More Victims and the children it serves.
To find out more information on how to support the Wade Family, please visit the No More Victims Facebook page for the latest updates.
The No More Victims program was acquired by Cherish Our Children International (COCI) in 2016. COCI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that for decades, has been committed to creating sustainable solutions for the world's most vulnerable children.
Cherish Our Children International's Houston-based No More Victims program provides emotional, social and educational support to children of incarcerated parents. No More Victims' motto is "get educated, not incarcerated." COCI has supported No More Victims for more than 10 years. Please click here to learn more about Cherish Our Children International.
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