Township Council - Councilman
Willingboro, New Jersey 08046
Darvis Holley is home grown! Born, raised, and educated through the public school system, in Willingboro, Burlington County, he left after graduation to attend Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. While a student at Winston Salem, Darvis was a member of the Student Government Association, led voter registration drives on campus, and volunteered as a mentor at the local YMCA. Upon completion, he returned home to begin a career as a teacher of Special Needs students in Hamilton Township, NJ, educating at both the middle and high school levels. These students have benefited greatly from his natural ability to reach and teach them. He is an excellent role model to the younger student population, whom all consider themselves fortunate to have had his guidance. As the well-being of children is paramount to Darvis, he went on to earn a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at Wilmington University in 2012. In 2014, he was appointed Vice Principal at Helen A. Forte/Newcomb Middle School in Pemberton, New Jersey. In this capacity, he is never too busy to attend to the needs of a student, parent, or a community member.
Darvis’ favorite quote, by Colin Powel is, "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." By those standards, Darvis is a winner in more ways than one as evidenced by his hard work and selfless commitment to giving back. If asked, he would share that he attributes all that he is and all that he does that has molded the man he is today, to love, support and knowledge he has been afforded by family, friends and acquaintances, as well as positive life experiences; it is not taken for granted, but rather profoundly appreciated.
Darvis is a man of principle, great moral character and strength. Having been given so much, he works hard to give back. Success to him is being committed and dedicated in whatever area he is called to serve. He is congenial and is blessed with an easy-going, pleasant and confident demeanor which serves him well in all circumstances.
Darvis has accomplished much in his 30 years upon this Earth and the best is yet to come. He works tirelessly at self-improvement and is determined to meet and maintain his goals, and attain new ones. Darvis is unassuming and humble. He is forthright and a natural born leader. He is making the best use of the gifts which he was given and has also worked hard to achieve a quality of life for others.
For several summers, he acted in the capacity of lead supervisor for a Summer Food Program funded by the Department of Agriculture, under the umbrella of the Willingboro Department of Community Affairs. Under Darvis’ management, the program was a huge success, serving hundreds of students daily. He was an active member, and also served in the capacity of Treasurer and subsequently Vice President, of the Willingboro and Vicinity Chapter of the NAACP. Darvis was appointed to the local Zoning Board, and the Municipal Utility Authority, where he served diligently as a Board member and Commissioner, until his appointment and subsequent election in 2013, by a landslide victory, to the Willingboro Township Council. He is a proud member of the Willingboro and Burlington County Democratic Committees, and President of the Willingboro Democratic Club.
Ongoing community service includes mentorship and tutoring of at - risk students, and free snow removal and lawn service for senior citizens and veterans. Last year, Darvis added his premier collaboration skills to several philanthropic efforts including a 2014 Christmas Toy giveaway for Willingboro youth. 350-plus elementary school children attended, and each received a gift, presented by Darvis dressed as Santa, and holiday goodies. He was also instrumental in providing turkeys and all of the trimmings, to hundreds of local and county residents during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, he also provides numerous community service programs to local and county recipients. One such program is the Guide-right Program, which offers weekly mentoring and tutoring to middle-school youth.
Darvis acts as Council Liaison, on the Environmental and Youth Achievement Committees. He is also a founding board member of the Benjamin Banneker Charter School.
Darvis has begun his pursuit of a PhD in Education; there is no doubt he will excel in this endeavor as well.