Terry Austin: April Male Face of the Month

Published in Male Face

Terry Austin

Terry L. Austin is the President of Positive Image a nonprofit which was created in 2004.  This organization works with community organizations to alleviate health disparities among low-income and minority groups. By providing education and tools that promote healthy lifestyles, individuals have increased access and leadership opportunities. Austin is dedicated to creating better communities by providing opportunities for our at-risk youth by offering a variety of programs, which emphasize self-sufficiency, responsibility and accountability as well as leadership training.

As founder and President of Positive Image, Austin's ideas incorporate grassroots efforts to reach members of the community affected by health disparities. Austin is an established professional African American dedicated to mentoring and lending his talents and road map to success to inner city youth.  Having experienced the hard knocks of growing up in the inner city of East Chicago, he has unique insights and experiences that he has used to develop a powerful and tested curriculum, laser focused on current issues facing our youth today. 

 Austin has more than 10 years of experience as a community organizer around men health issues, cancer, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, through health fairs, health screening and parenting workshops has well as extensive work in areas workforce/personal development and career planning. Austin has developed partnerships and collaborative efforts with varies organization and businesses throughout the Twin Cities.

  • Pillsbury United Communities
  • University of Minnesota Department of Health Disparities and Research
  • Big Brothers and Big Sister Greater Twin Cities
  • Summit Academy
  • Cub Foods
  • Thor Construction Minneapolis
  • Emerge Community Development
  • University of Minnesota Department of Health of Disparities Research
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation
  • YMCA North Minneapolis
  • Father’s Project
  • Madd Dads
  • Urban League Minneapolis
  • NorthPoint Health Wellness Center

Austin is a graduate of Moorhead State University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. He is proud father of two girls, Alyssa and Tarran.  He has also been a member of the Black MBA since 2007.