Educator | Author | Entrepreneur
Darien Harris is a digital communications professional, writer, educator, and entrepreneur from Prince George’s County, MD.
While attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, Harris interned with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School Program. During his internship, Harris became aware of and committed to addressing social issues such as mass incarceration and the children’s literacy gap. Harris would serve the Children’s Defense Fund for two years, teaching summer English classes to children at New Beginnings Youth Development Center, the only long-term juvenile detention center for Washington D.C. youth in the area.
After graduating from Morehouse College in 2014, Harris chose to sidestep his original plan of going to law school in order to address the issue of mass incarceration and serve youth at the New Beginnings Youth Development Center as the workforce development director.
As the workforce development director, he was responsible for developing and teaching a workforce development curriculum and program focused on preparing students, ages 14-21, for post-secondary success.
In 2015, Harris transitioned to a full-time graduate program at Trinity Washington University. Harris studied under the instruction of Dr. Peggy Lewis, former press secretary for Presidential nominee Hilary Clinton. He was awarded the first ever M.A. in Strategic Communications and Public Relations from Trinity Washington University.
During this program, Harris gained experience in the field of communications with several non-profit and for-profit companies. Harris has provided communications services to companies such as The Charles Shelton Foundation, City Gate Inc., The National Bar Association, DMVFollowers.com, Connecting Cool Inc., the YMCA Capital view metropolitan area, the fillmore silver spring, d'usse cognac, monumental sports, city gate dc, the national museum of african american history and culture, Beats by Dre, and a host of other brands.
Harris has been featured in press coverage from companies such as NBC 4 Washington, Read More Co., and Blavity.
Although his career has transitioned him out of serving incarcerated youth, darien Harris finds his true passion in addressing the issue of mass incarceration.
"my goal is to equip myself with the skills, experiences, and network needed to make a systemic impact on the issue of mass incarceration".
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online journalism & digital writing services
digital marketing & media management
curriculum development & classroom teaching
Event planning & consumer activations