Dirrick L. Butler
Senior Associate of Mentors and Volunteers
Dirrick Butler serves as the Senior Associate of Mentors and Volunteers at Chicago Scholars. In this role he plays a critical part in the coordination and support of the organizations key players, mentors and volunteers. If you have a question related to mentoring or volunteering for Chicago Scholars, he is the team member to contact.
Dirrick has a huge passion for creating tangible pathways for urban and inner city youth to be successful during high school and in a college/university setting, allowing them to be apart of a larger movement of changing the narrative of urban and inner city youth. This is what led him to Chicago Scholars.
Prior to joining Chicago Scholars, Dirrick began his career in education as a member of Teach for America in the Greater New Orleans Corps where he taught middle school history. After moving to Chicago in 2014, he has worked as a programs assistant at The Chicago Urban League and After School Matters. Most recently Dirrick taught high school history at Urban Prep Academy.
Dirrick attended Clark Atlanta University (CAU) in Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned a B.A. in Mass Communications with a concentration in film, and Loyola University Chicago where he earned a M.Ed. in Cultural and Educational Policy. While he holds both universities near and dear to his heart, it was his undergraduate years at CAU that truly changed his life. During his time there he held various leadership positions that allowed him to work and meet with many individuals that have in some way shaped him into the person that he is today, and sparked his passion for working and representing people.
Dirrick’s advice to scholars would be to get involved and engulf yourself in the culture of the university you decide to attend for this is how growth and true memories are made.
Outside of work, Dirrick enjoys photography, writing, critiquing films and attending live music events.