Hello Millennials!

The purpose of the continuing creator’s spotlight is to highlight people around the world who are doing whatever they can to make our world a better place. Born in Southside Chicago, raised in Kansas City, and now living in Boston, this next spotlight highlights someone who is doing just that!

INTRODUCING: Derrick Young, Jr.

Who or what inspires you?

“Life’s limitless possibilities inspire me. I live my life knowing that I can be or create whatever I put my mind to. God has blessed me to see many things at a young age. I believe exposure is one of the major keys to success. Many times people limit their lives because they have not seen certain things or they have not encountered people who have achieved what they aspire. Therefore, they do not believe it is possible or that they have the capacity to create what is possible. I am also inspired by trees and nature. I wrote a blurb a few years ago…. ‘Nature is a powerful educator and motivator. As I look at the tree in view, I see myself. –As it grows, the roots deepen. While pushing through the unseen and forever hidden barriers, it’s growing tall, branching and budding. As it grows old, the obvious roots that keep it grounded may expose themselves, but mostly, all you see is its beauty. The tree can never anticipate how it will grow. Some branches are massive while others are narrow. Neither can any one person or thing control its growth. But only be stunned by its multidirectional paths that humbly defy the balance of forces. The tree did not take traits of the plant with one stem. It has many unique branches, and they all blossom. Now it’s Fall, and it’s renewal season. Keeping its branches intact, it makes better and revives the very things it desires to give back to the earth.'”

What quote do you live by?

“Our crown has already been bought and paid for. All we have to do is put it on”

– James Baldwin and Maya Angelou

“They both said it in different ways. I’m assuming because they were close friends, it was something they spoke about between themselves and said it differently in public. I live by this quote because I truly believe we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors. African Americans in the U.S. have endured so much, and I feel like we have a collective responsibility to continue pursuing our freedom and respect. That responsibility is not limited to being activists, but more so living the best life we can with the tools and resources we have been provided access to from our ancestors.”

What is the soundtrack to your life?

“‘Partly Cloudy’ — I love blue skies. However, many times clouds still exists. While they are there, they are not real barriers. You can always fly through clouds.”

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

“Tough question. I see myself doing strategy for high-performing individuals in business, entertainment, and politics. I believe success is determined by how we react to particular situations. I want to continue to ensure people respond to incidents properly.”

What advice would you give to your younger self?

“Just do it!”

What would you like potential consumers to know about you?

“I would like potential consumers to know that social media does not always determine someones capacity for certain jobs. Many times we do not see the hard work being done outside of social media, yet we determine if someone can do the job based on what they post. As a strategist, I do not post many things I do because they are confidential. However, I would like people to know that they can come to me with their high-level issues and we can solve them, privately — or publicly, if that is necessary.”

Want to hear more from Derrick?

Instagram: @jr.derrick

Twitter: @jrderrickyoung

Facebook: Derrick Young, Jr.

From one millennial to another,

Benjamin Coy






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