Senior Director, Youth Training
Derrin Slack is most recently the CEO and Founder of ProAct Indy, an Indiana nonprofit organization committed to engaging youth in public service that educates, delights, and inspires the youth and those they serve. In this role, Mr. Slack acted as the senior representative for donors, volunteers, youth program participants and other stakeholders and was responsible for upholding their interests. Mr. Slack was also responsible for motivating and training youth and volunteers and executing on the management priorities at ProAct.
Mr. Slack is a results-driven servant leader whom takes a hands-on role in whatever work in which he becomes involved. At ProAct, Mr. Slack was responsible for establishing and cultivating strong business relationships with corporate partners and nonprofit thought and community leaders. His role included identifying, developing and leading new community partnerships for ProAct, and his strong background in nonprofit management and research, allowed him to act as the conduit between the needs of the community and the capabilities of ProAct to address those needs. Since its inception, Slack has trained and led teams to engage over 7,000 boys and girls to value and love service as an integral part of their lives.
As a child, Derrin overcame what he considered an embarrassing disability, stuttering, and as an adult, he has learned to use this disability to empower others through service learning and teaching youth that serving others is how we grow and lead in our communities. Working directly with youth, he can see them grow and change. His pride in their accomplishments is evident and enthusiasm is contagious. He is often quoted saying, “Nothing parallels the daily light bulb moment that occurs in a youth's life as I watch them change from apathy about life to a caring, compassionate, interested citizen of their community.”
Before founding ProAct, Mr. Slack worked to train medical professionals as a Medical Informatics Trainer at Community Health Network where he was part of a training and instructional design team that led the healthcare network to be a leader in medical informatics in the state of Indiana. He helped train over 2,500 adults over three years before leaving to pursue his passion of engaging youth in public service full-time.
The cornerstone to success of any youth serving organization is consistency & understanding. Mr. Slack’s philosophy is if you can positively embed these ideas into youth programming you will retain your key stakeholders, the youth themselves.
Derrin is excited to join the team at Jefferson Awards Foundation to continue living out his passion to engage youth in public service. He is confident in the organization’s future as he firmly believes that it is important to build relationships and teach leadership through service, because young people do not care how much you know, they want to know how much you care.