SCJ is celebrating Black History Month highlighting amazing alumni - meet Diijon DaCosta
KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 8, 2019) — Mr. Diijon DaCosta is a DeKalb County resident who graduated from Redan High School. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminology. While attending KSU, Diijon served as a charter member to establish Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. on the university’s campus. In 2014, he joined the DeKalb County School District as an educator, before moving on to serve in the county’s Department of Human Capital Management.
Diijon founded DeKalb Kids Project, Inc. (DKP), a nonprofit organization which focuses on emphasizing the importance of academic success and leadership amongst the youth of DeKalb County. The organization also incorporates community service, mentorship, and various outreach events.
Diijon DaCosta’s accomplishments include:
-Community Leadership Award (2015)
-Building on A Legacy Award (2016)
-Walmart Community Playmakers Award (2017)
-Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Delta Nu chapter Citizen of the Year Award (2017)
-Kennesaw State University Outstanding Alumnus Award (2018)
-Nominated for the Distinguished Alumni Award of Kennesaw State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences (2018)
Diijon is a father, educator, mentor, motivational speaker, activist, and community leader. While his passion for education is a top priority, his natural ability to influence the minds of the youth for the betterment of his community speaks volumes. He eagerly embraces and promotes innovation and change.
A core message that Diijon often stresses with youth is, “The way you dress, will be the way you are addressed. Once you change your mind, everything around you will also change.” He not only strives to practice this philosophy, but he actively applies and promotes these characteristics throughout his life.
DaCosta’s primary goal of service is to advance the DeKalb County community and to improve the lives of our youth. He has made a commitment to affect this change through being vigorously active in education, community engagement, and youth empowerment.