Denis connected his movement with 20 million people. Here’s how.
Denis Estimon immigrated to the U.S. from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, when he was in the first grade. He considers himself a speaker, activist, and influencer. Not being able to communicate with his classmates, Denis knows what it feels like to be isolated. While currently enrolled at Everglades University as a business major, Estimon is stepping into his new role at Be Strong, making sure no kid has to feel the way he felt.
During his senior year in high school, Denis and his friends launched, We Dine Together, to combat social isolation. Their nonprofit reached over 20 million people after CBS featured the story and the work done by the students. We Dine Together aims to provide a proactive solution to one of the leading top-five safety, health and social issues.
While the program began to grow, Estimon realized the work needed structure and a scalable model with sustainable tools. This is where “Be Strong” comes in. We Dine Together is now part of the fabric of Be Strong’s comprehensive approach. And he is the organization’s new director.
It’s been almost a year since I’ve connected with Denis over Twitter and it doesn’t seem like he’s going to stop promoting the message of unity, love, and inclusion since our first phone call. Find out more about Denis below.
So you’re a speaker, activist, and influencer. How did this come about?
Every time before I speak, I always speak with the goal to inspire the listener.
“I don’t have the skills to cure cancer but I can help inspire the person that will do so.”
When I speak, I share a message of transformative resilience which is the act of using your adversity to catapult you to where you want to be. Since 2017, many people have heard my message and now individuals around the world are taking action.
You’ve already accomplished so much in your life. From overcoming the language barrier and creating a global network to having your own commercial. What’s your end goal in life my friend
To touch and inspire the lives of people. At the end of my life, I want to be remembered for my commitment to helping others.
It’s no surprise that you’re a Throw Shine Ambassador for 3 Musketeers. How does it feel to “throw shine” on a daily basis?
Spreading positivity is important because it causes a chain reaction. One kind deed can lead to several other positive actions. My whole entire life I’ve had people constantly showing me kindness, and I know the best way to repay that is to distribute that kindness to others.
How valuable is your professional network?
My network is made up individuals of all races, backgrounds, and walks of life. The reason I am where I am today was that of my network. It started at the age of 16 when I began developing my network.
“When opportunities knock at my door, I am always ready to open"
I started volunteering and lending a helping hand, however, whenever, and wherever I could. I made myself willing and available to others. So when opportunities knock at my door, I am always ready to open.
Any advice for someone who has an idea or wants to create their own organization?
Build and grow a tribe of people who are committed to your cause. Then, find people who are already doing what you want to do and build a relationship with them. And find a way to bring value to them.
One great way to do this is by donating your time to others. This is a sign of commitment and appreciation. Most importantly, believe in yourself! When you have the confidence to boldly believe in yourself, then others will too.
To connect with Denis, feel free to visit his website or follow him on his social accounts @denis_estimon.