Tierre grew up with a phenomenal mother and younger sister blocks from where George Floyd was murdered. With no positive male role model, he turned to the gangs. By age 17 was shot in the head and nearly died.
Impacted by the criminal justice system combined with self-hate he made poor choices and had weak boundaries. He saw countless people lose their lives, freedom, and sense of self. It was either change or die.
As he began to mature spiritually he denounced his prior gang affiliation and drug addiction. He began to self educate take college courses and wrote to heal himself and others. Thus The Art of Sucker Duckin was born.
Tierre provides equity-based mentorship, leadership training, community engagement, and career counseling for returning citizens.
He serves on the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Smart Justice Campaign. He is a steadfast proponent of criminal justice and prison reform and fighting the war on mass incarceration.
He is committed to transforming the socio-economic conditions of justice-impacted individuals by advocating for policy change, fighting to restore the right to vote of over 50,000 silenced voices, and disrupting the school to prison pipeline.
Tierre is Vice President of the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition an organization aimed at providing equitable resources and opportunities to individuals impacted by the criminal justice system and those who are charged with serving them. He also works a Community Catalyst Member with Ramsey County Transforming Systems Together program.
Tierre has also actively involved with Restore the Vote Minnesota a coalition supporting aimed at eliminating felony voter disenfranchisement.
Tierre delivers a range of leadership training to young people. He educates middle and high school students about drug prevention through the FBI’s Community Outreach Program and is the Lead Mentor for the Boys of Hope program. The program teaches personal power, cultural awareness, manhood, leadership and service-learning to young boys.
Tierre is also a Leadership Trainer with the North 4 Program with Emerge, an initiative geared toward self-development, personal power, and disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline for at-risk youth.
He is also a facilitator with the Father Project a program that assists low-income fathers to establish parental rights, contact with their children and to be more productive parents.