Internet Education and Helping Others: Jay Devaughn

July 06, 2016
Jay Devaughn has spent much of his life in service to others, although his approach is unconventional, as he prefers to teach them how to help themselves. He was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, and attended the University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1991. After that, he went to the University of Georgia-Athens, where he earned a Master's Degree in Social Work in 1993.

Following his education, Jay worked at AID Atlanta, a service organization that supports people with HIV and AIDS, for almost five years. It was his next position, as the Client Services Director at Chattanooga CARES, another HIV service organization in Tennessee in 1997, that set the bar higher. Chattanooga CARES was one of the first social service agencies in Tennessee to provide Internet access to its clients, so that they could research the possibility of new therapies and treatments for HIV. It was that, his first exposure to the Internet, that changed everything. That is when Jay Devaughn began to understand the potential power of the Internet for allowing clients to educate and empower themselves. Ever since, Jay has been teaching clients how to use the power of the Internet to give themselves a chance at a better life.