Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, Pierry Benjamin has always taken interest in community driven initiatives. As a teenager, he was a highly active member in “Teen Club”, a youth program that has been a part of his parish (Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ) for over 40 years. While there, he was able engage in community programs, build within his parish and establish lifelong relationships with community members.
Despite a hard childhood, financial difficulty and many challenged circumstances, Pierry obtained an Associate Degree from Briarcliffe College with a major in Networking & Computer Technology. Pierry then continued his undergraduate studies and obtained a Bachelor Degree from SUNY College at Old Westbury with a major in Media & Communications. While completing his undergraduate studies, Pierry decided to give back to his community through the same youth group that cultivated him as an adolescent, Sacred Heart Teen Club.
As a Teen Club leader, Pierry realized how valuable intervention is to adolescents in urban communities. In 2011, Pierry founded The BIG Live (Being Involved Greatly, Living in Various Environments/TBL). TBL serves as a vendor for New York City Department of Education and provides mentorship, motivational seminars, public speaking and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) as service. TBL’s aim is to motivate inner city youths towards professional and personal achievement by raising their social status and improving their quality of life. TBL has serviced over sixteen schools within urban demographics. TBL has been featured speaker on Hot97’s Street Soldiers with Fox Five journalist Lisa Evers, highlighted on Nickelodeons Stick Stickly’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, has over 1,800 likes on Facebook, 2,500 followers on Instagram, over 45,000 collective views on YouTube and over 19,000 followers on Twitter!
Realizing the value of community relations, Pierry became heavily involved politically; both on the local and national scale. Pierry served as New York State Director of the Republican Leadership Initiative during the 2016 presidential cycle and is the current Director of Grassroots Outreach for the New York State Republican Party. Pierry uses his political platform to build community awareness, promote civic engagement and empower community members by training and advocacy.
Pierry is a philanthropist, youth advocate, and community organizer that is constantly looking for new ways to empower community members. That’s BIG! That’s Being Involved Greatly!