Darius Ballinger

Following the loss of his mentor and facing a possible five-year prison sentence, in 2013, Darius decided to make a change.


A change in remembrance of his mentor Wayne and one missioned to impact generations to come. A change that now embodies the youth empowerment group “Chasing 23.”

Darius has worked with the Urban Male Network, Guide Right and Chicago Votes. Darius is a motivational speaker with keynote appearances at the University of Florida’s 34th Annual Black Student Leadership Conference and the Chicago Public Schools’ Black Male Youth Summit.


Family comes first to Darius. He and wife DaShawnda have three children:

Pierre, Naveed and Hakeem.


Board of
Eugene Robinson, Senior Advisor
Jennifer Dean, Board Treasury
Chicarin Mallett, Board Secretary