Dimitria L. Cook
up on the southside of Chicago presented many challenges for Dimitria:
Peers who called her names such as "Dumbo"
Peers who were sexually active and had their first child in their tweens
Peers who were involved in gangs and underage drinking
Wanted to be part of the "in" crowd during high school
Discovered the importance of assimilation vs. association
Faced teenage "growing pains" which led to a lack of basic skills needed to properly communicate with her parents
how to overcome her self-confidence and self-image issues
Mentor coach who trains mentors to become better mentors to their mentees
Speaker, author, and empowerment coach who helps families communicate more effectively
Teen Life Coach who helps girls build their self-esteem, self-image, and embrace womanhood
Dimitria has been an adviser and mentor to tweens and teens; has developed school symposiums; and developed an in-house school-based big sister/little sister program for middle school and high school girls.
As an “A Better Chance” scholar, Dimitria graduated from North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL, a prominent independent school in the Chicago area. She holds a Bachelor Science in Journalism and Bachelor of Arts in English, both from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Southern California.
Dimitria serves as a Teen Programs Committee Member and Young Luminaries Mentor with Step Up Women's Network. She also serves as a panelist on regular A Better Chance/Morgan Stanley panels. Dimitria attends NAIS conferences and works with SoCal POCIS (Southern California People of Color in Independent Schools). She has presented at a National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference. Dimitria has attended many Los Angeles based Independent School Alliance conferences and has been a speaker for the organization. In addition, she has participated as a career panelist on Clark/Atlanta University & Morehouse College education panels.
She is a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective honor society. Dimitria studied with renowned Teen Life Coach, Tami Walsh and her mentors include International Self-esteem expert,
Jess Weiner, and Certified Success Coach and branding visionary, Liz Dennery Sanders.
has a natural ability to develop rapport with individuals from all
walks of life,...and most importantly, teenage girls with varying
personalities and aptitudes."
- Jamie Kogan, Managing Director, Step Up