Derrick Small Jr. is a May 2018 graduate from the University of Missouri- Columbia with a bachelor's degree in communications. He was raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois where he attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School. While attending MU, Derrick was a member and mentor for the Mizzou Black Men's Initiative program as well as a student assistant at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. Through his involvement at MU, Derrick realized his passion for helping others achieve their dreams and develop themselves through mentorship. Derrick uses his creativity to connect with others, allowing them to express themselves genuinely while helping them reach their goals. After his service with MCAC, Derrick plans to continue to work in youth development, assisting youth in underrepresented communities to reach their dreams."