Marvin Delcid is about to graduate from Bell Multicultural High School ready to continue his work in sustainable agriculture, a passion he’s had since he was a young boy working his uncle’s farm in El Salvador. He was 14 when he moved to the U.S. to reunite with his mother, excited for the educational opportunities a life in the U.S. could afford him. He has not wasted any time. At Bell, he maintains a vegetable garden and teaches classmates about recycling, global warming, and other environmental topics. Outside of school, he volunteers at City Blossoms, a non-profit community garden built for kids where he grows vegetables.
Marvin comes to LAYC’s DC Teen Center for homework tutoring. He has learned English to a remarkable level in his three years in the U.S., evidenced by his imminent graduation, and yet is determined to polish his skills in between his various commitments and interests. Marvin is an avid reader. He’s always got a backpack full of college-level textbooks on sustainable agriculture, and his eyes light up when he discusses their content.
Marvin plans to go the University of the District of Columbia this fall to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural science and natural resource management. His dream is to work for the USDA.
Earlier this year, Marvin was one of a handful of youth featured in No Kid Hungry’s “What Are You Hungry For?” video campaign. In the video, Marvin talks about his upbringing, his family, and his dreams. He also shares his love for the planet, working the land, and growing food.
We are so proud of Marvin and know he will not only work for the USDA very soon, he will also make a positive impact on our planet. He already has.