50 Winners Who Are Helping Others Win: #24 Dimetri O’Brien

National Youth Pride Services is proud to announce it’s Third Annual list of 50 Winners Who Are Helping Others Win on our national magazine RizeUp! We are the home to some of of the best thinkers and doers in the country, so of course we have some members on our current roster as well.

Publisher’s note: Dimetri is currently a member of National Youth Pride Services

Who are you and what is it that you currently do?

I like to call myself superman; I wear many hats but I still want to save the world. Currently I am a Social Media Coordinator in Washington, DC working in the fight against HIV/AIDs through social engagement and interactive media. I have a strong interest in combining service and advocacy through social media and the arts.  I hold membership in Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, The Academia Society, Inc.,100 Black Men, D.E.N.I.M. DMV, National Youth Pride Services, & recently selected member of the 2016 YBGLI Cohort.

What person do you look up to or has the most influence on you?

The person that I look up to the most in my daily navigation of what I affectionately call “adulting” is my mother. As a Caribbean born American transplant in the south she made every effort possible to make sure I was not only educated but aware about being a black man in America. She is stern but uplifting, strong and loving.

Looking at your life or career goals, what are you looking to do in the long term?

To sum up my life goals “I want to be great” a very simple statement with complex variables. I hope to spread my love for service to all mankind through not only my work but through my actions.

Why do you think it’s personally important to help others?

Altruism is a pillar in my life that is the makeup of my ethical standards. Walking in the spirit of service is something I have done for as long as I can remember because helping others especially those who can’t help themselves is a rewarding feeling.

What five words describe you?

Charismatic, Able, Strong, Creative, & Passionate

What are your hobbies, what do you do for fun?

For fun I read books and work on expanding my graphic design business across the DC area.

What are your thoughts on current events such as the Black Lives Matter movement or the presidential elections?

My views on the current presidential election are from the point of view of a Non-US Citizen who can’t vote. I am listening intently to all parties and educate my friends & colleagues.

What advice would you give to the 16 year old who is just discovering that he is attracted to the same sex?

For the 16 year old who is discovering they are attracted to the same sex I would say live life, be free, be great.

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