Melvin is the founder of Foster-U, an organization aimed at encouraging youth in foster care to access higher education. Foster-U is located at Old Dominion University in Virginia where students who come from diverse backgrounds help youth living in the foster care system by offering support through community service, workshops, and mentoring. Their vision: To be an experienced group of college students who are knowledgeable about the foster care system and offer young adults ongoing support so they can become self-advocates with permanent connections and equal opportunities. They are foster care alumni who go on to lift up other youth in foster care.
In addition, Melvin is a Customer Success Representative at Prolegis, an organization that informs policymakers and empowers citizens to level up democracy.
Melvin also serves on the Board of Directors for United Methodist Family Services and as an Advisory Board Member for Tidewater Friends of Foster Care and Connect Our Kids.
When Melvin entered foster care he had a goal in mind: To one day be the change that the foster care system needs. He is a dedicated leader, advocate, and changemaker.