Hey, fam. The name’s Donaven. I’m 23-years old and am currently an online psychology student at the University of Colorado Denver. I am an incredibly empathetic human and animal rights activist, mental health advocate, and musician, passionate about righting the wrongs within our society.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” -MLK Jr.

My long-term goals include finishing my undergraduate degree (December 2019, baby!) and immediately pursuing a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from some grad school somewhere (that is still up in the air). I intend to earn the title of Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) to one day serve as the clinical director of a dual-diagnosis treatment center. In addition to my love for supporting those in recovery from addiction and mental illness, I am an ardent advocate for LGBTQ+ youth.

A little more about me: I’m in lifelong recovery from addiction and I’ll always be transparent about my recovery until my last day on this Earth.

Moving on, here’s a picture of my family. I’m the brown kid rocking the bow-tie and gray cardigan on the right. I’m the proud brother of the girl behind me and my parents are the lovely, biracial couple on the left.


I  write music, play piano, and sing. But if you’ve clicked around this website, you probably already know that.

If you want to know more about me, there’s an Ask Me Anything page where you can do exactly that: ask me anything. If you want to keep it anonymous, do it. Live your dreams.

Thanks for checking up on me. I’ll continue being honest as long as there’s someone out there who will listen. I must fight in the open. Keep moving forward and remember that you are loved.

Always with hope,