The second key was to remember who he was and who he represents. “I make a lot of mistakes, but every time that I’ve followed mom’s two keys of success, even amidst stormy times, I have found the right path,” he says. Growing up as a black child with a white mother was not easy, but Dorothy taught her children that though they may look different on the outside, they are the same inside. One of Boyce’s adopted brothers is Black, and his other siblings are White.
Dorothy welcomed all children in her home, and was especially open to children with special needs. One of Boyce’s sisters has Prader Willi Syndrome, and his brother passed away early in life after being born with spina bifida. Dorothy encouraged all of her children to believe in their worth and pursue their dreams. Growing up, Boyce loved playing basketball and idolized Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. He dreamed about working for the Chicago Bulls one day. The day that the movie Air Force One came out, Boyce was in the front row of the theater. He didn’t know how he was going to do it, but he made it a goal to fly aboard the real Air Force One.
After Boyce graduated valedictorian of his high school, Dorothy asked him what he wanted to do. Fascinated by politics and leadership, Boyce confided in her of his goal to work in the White House. Little did he know that he’d achieve all those dreams before the age of 30.
One Wonderful Internship
Following high school, Boyce took some time to travel to Mexico and Kenya on missionary trips before enrolling in political science
and speech communication courses at the University of Central Missouri. Family friends and mentors, John and Lori Perry, allowed Boyce to stay with them during his studies. As a college political science major, Boyce was required to participate in internships, and told Lori that most of his fellow students were seeking opportunities at the state capitol. “But Lori kept reminding me that it was a dream to work in the White House and she encouraged me to research opportunities at the White House,” Boyce says.
About four months following 9/11, Boyce was notified that he was one of 100 interns selected for a White House internship from a large pool of applications. “I was so excited, and thought that this was the way that I could mark off working at the White House from my list of goals,” he says. But after that chance meeting with President Bush, Boyce ended up serving at the White House for almost five years. The typical White House staffer stays at the White House for 14 months.
“You never know who is watching, and who is going to be in the position to help you get where you want to go,” Boyce says. “Our reputation is our resume. If I hadn’t arrived to my internship early in the mornings or stayed late working 16-hour days, would I have been chosen for the photo opportunity? Putting myself in the right position and working hard made the likelihood of being selected for the opportunity that much greater.”
Education is very important to Boyce, and at the conclusion of his internship, he returned to college and finished early in order to work on President Bush’s re-election campaign. After President Bush won the re-election, Boyce went to the White House and worked for the former counselor to the Vice President in the communications office. Though the experience was fulfilling, the pay made it difficult to live in an expensive city.
“I had to begin paying back my student loans and credit card bills, and was put into a position in which I had accomplished my dream, but now had to walk away because I couldn’t sustain it,” Boyce says. Boyce’s time away from the White House didn’t last long, Six months later, he was put in charge of African American Outreach and Professional Sports Outreach. During a trip to New Orleans around the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Boyce learned that there might be a chance to ride in Air Force One on the way back. Ordinarily, Boyce would have flown commercial but the lead White House staffer on the trip, Jason Recher, had something elsein mind.
“Deputy Director of Advance John Meyer was gracious enough to give up his seat for me so I could fly back on Air Force One,” Boyce says. A few months later, Boyce was promoted at the White House to oversee a region of the county all the way from Missouri to California.“I had never expected to fly on Air Force One again, but due to my job, I had the blessing of flying with President Bush on Air Force One,” Boyce says. Boyce was grateful to realize his dreams of working at the White and flying aboard Air Force One. A visit from an Orlando Magic executive put him on the path to making his third dream a reality.