D. A. Isley - Writer, Poet, and Advocate
Raised as a foster child from the age of 2 to 17 years of age, Dahveed has more than 10 years of experience working in the mental health field and over 5 years of advocating for foster children. Prior to pursuing a career in the mental health field, he served several years in the United States Marine Corps.
An accomplished writer and advocate, his vision and expertise in the foster care industry has gained him notable respect from several non-profit agencies. His writing achievements have been featured by the Famous Poets Society, The International Society of Poets, San Diego Arts and Poets Magazine, San Diego Public Library, R.A.W.SiSTAZ Black Book Reviews, and President of the YOUnity Reviewers Guild of America, Heather Covington. He has given presentations on behalf of foster children for organizations such as Walden Family Services Foster Care Agency in San Diego and Riverside, California. He presented “Every Child’s Voice Should Be Heard” at Yuba Community College Independent Living Program graduates in Marysville, California, and a workshop presenter at the 31st Annual California Association of Black Social Workers State Conference in Sacramento where in presented "African American Children In The Foster Care System: Are We Preparing Them Enough for Emancipation".
Dahveed's exceptional track record of advocating for foster children is based on his philosophy that “every child’s voice should be heard.” He is known for delivering a positive message to others that have been through and still part of the foster care system; letting them know that they are not alone.
He currently lives in Southern California.