Derris Ross, at age 27, is the founder of The Ross Foundation and a community organizer with IndyCAN. Derris is an Indianapolis native born and raised on the cities Far Eastside. Growing up as a kid, Derris was able to see how the community lacked youth programs, healthy options, and community involvement. Due to this, the rise in crime, drug usage, police harassment, and poverty has taken a toll on the community. Now being older and a respectful leader of the community, he has decided to start his own foundation in order to give back to and repair his childhood community. He wants to let the youth and city know that you do not have to settle for being a product of your environment, instead you can be a service to your environment. Together we can achieve more.