Name: Mel Demetrius Young, but known by a host of nicknames including Demetrius tha Poet & Young Smellz (thanks Jerrie).
About me: I’m the proud father of a son (Marcel, 18) and daughter (Jackie, 13 going on 30). I earn my living as a Vice President – Project Manager and Business Analyst. However anyone who knows me knows that my occupation is that of a Poet/ Spoken Word Artist (just gotta find a way to earn a living off it – lol). I was born in Trenton, NJ and was educated at a Girard College. I served in the US Air Force Reserves during the Gulf War. My hobbies and interests include fishing, snowboarding, art (specifically graffiti) and writing.
What role do you play at Shred Love? As a VP and Board Member, I help vet out business, financial and program decisions. In addition, I chaperoned a group of participants on the mountain. Also, I usually have a hand in any graphic design work associated with the organization, including the design of the Logo.
Why did you become a part of Shred Love? When Liz conceived the idea of developing the organization and its mission, I was “all in”. I grew up in one of Trenton, NJ’s worst neighborhoods, Wilbur Section, and have personally benefited from organizations such as the YMCA, Big Brothers / Big Sisters, and Girard College. Without those organizations, I would not be where I am today. I see Shred Love as being a vital organization to help develop our youth. It also provides a way for me to give back, after all, so much was given to me.
First time I strapped on a snowboard, I was 40 years old.
First trip into the half pipe did not go so well. I fell about 10 times.
First time I made it down the mountain without falling; I was stoked for a week!!!
First snowboard was purchased on the way home from my very first snowboard outing (I was immediately hooked).
Check back next Tuesday, to see who’s next!