Alumni Story - Xavier Mountain
Xavier Mountain entered the foster care system when he was just 2 years old, the beginning of a long and difficult journey.
He is now determined to make that system better.
The Delta graduate went on to the University of the Pacific and is now working on a master’s degree in social work at the University of Southern California. Mountain has lobbied the California Legislature on critical issues for foster youth, earning media attention across the state.
Ultimately, he wants to bring recognition to the difficulties faced by foster youth. And he credits Delta College with helping prepare him for this important advocacy work.
“Delta College makes you want more for yourself,” he said. “It prepares you for the real world. The professors are tough on you, and I love that. But they’ll also work with you. And I found that to be the most helpful thing: the close relationship I had with a lot of professors.”
Mountain’s biological mother’s struggle with drugs led to him being adopted when he was just 2 years old. A violent altercation with his adoptive father later sent him to Mary Graham Children’s Foundation.
In high school, however, Mountain developed friends and mentors who would help him find direction in his life. In addition to his ongoing education and his advocacy work on foster youth issues, he now serves on the Planning Commission for the city of Stockton.
“I want foster youth to know that I’m here for them,” he told The Record. “It gets lonely, but I’m here.”