This June, the L.A. Sentinel is putting the spotlight on Black men, highlighting their life and how they make a difference in the world.

Damon Armstrong (Courtesy photo)

This is Damon Armstrong, a social service practitioner from Riverside County. Damon was born and raised in Los Angeles in the Jefferson Park area.

He discontinued his college education early on to pursue other endeavors. Damon returned to school at Purdue University Global, where he obtained a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Management and Leadership with a concentration in Human Resources.

In his role as a social service practitioner, his job is to support and improve the health, safety, well-being, and independence of the county’s individuals and families. The Sentinel spoke with Damon about his job, views and keys to success.

LAS: What do you like most about your job? Share something about your job that the public may find interesting?

Damon: What I like the most about my job is how I help educate and support families living in some of their darkest moments, overcoming adversities.

LAS: June is being highlighted as Black Men’s Appreciation Month here at the Sentinel. As a Black man, what are some of your concerns for Black men today in general?

Damon: Some of my concerns for Black men today is that we do not understand how great of a purpose we have in this world. Education is an essential tool that can open many doors allowing us to change many negative stereotypes that have had a chokehold on us for generations.

LAS: What are your personal keys to success?  What are three tips you would share with a young, Black man?

Damon: My three keys to success are: 1. Your thoughts create your life, positive thinking with bringing you positive results. 2. Read everything thing you can get your hands on. 3. Be patient with your journey; life is a marathon.