Deaf and homeless teen graduates

Published: Jun. 25, 2014 at 9:21 PM EDT
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ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - Carl Johnson was homeless before he found the transitional living program in Vero Beach. It's a safe place for teenagers and young adults.

There, he got help with getting a high school diploma. Johnson was one of seven graduates in the program this year. He is also deaf.

He spoke to reporters through an interpreter, telling them he's learned to persevere no matter what happens. "But really I've had to rely on myself. I've been the one that had to do the work and not depend on other people."

Johnson also has a full time job. His other passion is bodybuilding. He hopes to show off his muscles at a competition in August in Port St. Lucie. ​

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