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FAL-WIN 2017

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36 PIERCE FALL / WINTER 2017 ACHIEVEMENT Davidson became the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro, Vt., in October 2016, but his connection to the city dates back to 1995, when he came to work at the Brattleboro Retreat, a residential treatment center and alternative school for children, adolescents, and adults. He joined the Boys and Girls Club in 2004, initially to manage career and other youth programming for the organization. "It was never my intent to stay in Brattleboro, but here I am 22 years later," he chuckles. "It's a tight-knit community, yet one that's very creative and open to seeing the world in a new way — it's very similar to Pierce in that regard." Becoming 'the Adult I Had Wanted to Have in My Life' D avidson's path to becoming a Raven was rocky, as he tells it. Aer a childhood growing up in "rough" neighborhoods and a struggle with substance abuse as an adolescent, he became the first person in his family to pursue a college education. He was accepted at several art schools, where he had applied to study interior design; but aer taking some time off to raise funds for his schooling, he realized he wanted to help kids with backgrounds similar to his own. "I decided I wanted to do more than decorate people's houses," he says. "I wanted to be the adult that I had wanted to have in my life as a kid." At Franklin Pierce, Davidson majored in psycholog y with concentrations in special education psycholog y and clinical counseling. He says that faculty members like Craig Platt helped him model the approach with youth that he now utilizes. "I was Craig's first advisee, so we figured out our process as we went," he remembers. "He wasn't afraid to tell me when he didn't know the answer to a question." Davidson describes his alma mater as always open to new ideas and welcoming students with multiple talents. "[Pierce] let me do things I wouldn't have been able to do at a larger school," he said. "I was a radio DJ, worked as an RA, and did the newspaper and yearbook. Whatever I wanted to try, they let me." All Together Now A lthough Davidson originally came to Brattleboro to get experience providing inpatient treatment to youth at the retreat, his vocational focus has shied to serving youngsters in a more proactive way at the Boys and Girls Club. e programs that he's overseen at the club have offered members recreational opportunities, the chance to learn leadership skills, assistance with college preparation and career development, and even a hot supper six nights a week. e members of the Boys and Girls Club have responded positively to It's a tight-knit community, yet one that's very creative and open to seeing the world in a new way – it's very similar to Pierce in that regard. TONY BERETTO

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