SInce his early years, Derrius has been imagining change.
Derrius was born on Chicago’s South Side in the Bronzeville neighborhood as the Grandson of a Mississippi sharecropper and Great Migration participant. He spent 13 years of his childhood in foster care, traversing four foster homes and public housing. These experiences meant Derrius grew up with a keen understanding of how poverty, income inequality, and social disenfranchisement impact lives. From an early age, he asked deep sociological questions and envisioned a life of significance for himself.
Derrius Quarles Childhood Photo From Chicago
Derrius Quarles Morehouse College Study Abroad
Derrius honed his intellect & passion for humanity at Morehouse College.
His Freshman year of high school Derrius started a successful candy operation and shortly after that he became the "clean up boy" at Final Kutz Barbershop, where he apprenticed under master barber Tyrone Thomas. It was this foundation of tenacity and great coaching that catapulted Derrius to compete for over $1 million dollars in scholarship awards and become the first in his family to attend college. Taking his talents to Morehouse College, Derrius traveled to 17 countries across 5 continents, published a book that became an Amazon bestseller, and started his first social enterprise before graduating Cum Laude in 2013. He hasn't looked back since.
Today, Derrius is acclaimed as an innovator and business prodigy by The New York Times.
Having triumphed against poverty, physical abuse, and witnessing domestic violence – Derrius is now an advocate and innovator for the overlooked. As a technologist, author, and entrepreneur – the business ventures and products Derrius has helped launch have positively impacted the lives of over 35,000 people across the globe. He has been honored by the Obama Administration for his activism in expanding educational access and his work has been highlighted by The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Chicago Tribune CNN, and Black Enterprise amongst others.
Derrius Quarles Social Impact

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