Born Ms Deirdre Allyson Smith to Ms Wilhelmina and Mr. Roosevelt Smith and brought up in Harlem New York. She is one of seven children; one brother and five sisters and attended St. Charles Borromeo Parochial School in Harlem, and St. Jean Baptist High School on the upper east side of Manhattan. She graduated from Manhattan Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Ms Love is a mother to three sons.
Ms Love became an AIDS activist after the death of best friend and cousin Stephen who lived with and died from AIDS related illness in 1995. She was invited to started a youth AIDS Ministry, later named Teens with a Purpose, as volunteer coordinator at The Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk in 1996. She worked twenty two years for Stihl Incorporated. She began as an Administrative Assistant then promoted to Export Coordinator and finally Export Specialist and Systems Analysis. Ms Love resigned from Stihl Incorporated to start an organization that was her passion and her purpose in life.
In 2007, Ms. Love founded the community based organization now known as Teens With a Purpose – The Youth Movement a 501(3) ( c ) not for profit entity. Ms. Love worked as subcontractor of ACCESS AIDS implementing an intervention called Community Promise for at risk African American youth from 2007 – 2011. This partnership helps to fund the programs currently offered by Teens With a Purpose. Ms. Love has since secured two grants, funding their program addressing teen violence prevention, from the State of Virginia. She has formed collaborative community partnerships with several organizations such as Norfolk Health Department, The AIDS Fund; Urban League and Norfolk and Virginia Beach Public Schools, Norfolk Parks, Recreation and Open Space, Garden of Hope, Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church and GEICO. She is a member of Virginia Health Department Planning Team on Violence Prevention. In the past few years alone, this group of committed and talented teens with Ms. Love beside them was able to present over 60 free TWP community events for teens and three outstanding Teen Forums. She had led the organization to participate in countless church, civic and community events including AFRAM Fest; City of Norfolk’s Multi-Cultural Youth Festival; Youth March for Peace, and World AIDS Day events. Ms. Love attends numerous training courses yearly and is certified to facilitate and train others on evidence based curriculums addressing HIV prevention and education for youth as well as several initiatives addressing youth violence.
Graduate of Project Inclusion – Board Governance Training offered by United Way; She is a committee member for PHAT Conference promoting teen health and fitness, Committee member for Eastern Virginia Regional AIDS Coalition and Yoga enthusiast. She lives her life to serve youth and believes that this generation can and will change the world for the better. She only wants to be a gust of wind propelling them forward.
- Outstanding African American by Virginian Pilot January 2010
- Executive Appreciation award for Community Service by Hampton Roads Live, 2011
- 10 Who Care award recipient Community Service WAVY-TV 10, 2011
- Norfolk Police Department Crime Prevention Award 2012
- National Coalition of 100 Black Women Community Service Award Tidewater Chapter, 2016
- ALLI Star Award recipient 2016 by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads
- 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction award recipient
- Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission recognized Love and her organization with the Outstanding Youth Organization 2017
- Unsung Hero Hampton Roads Pan Hellenic Society 2018
- Member of the Fair and Impartial Policing Committee 2015 – Current
- Norfolk Juvenile Reentry Committee 2016 – Current
- Norfolk Prevention Coalition 2016 – Current
- Steering Committee – Rise for Youth Campaign for Juvenile Justice Reform 2017 – Current
- Norfolk Youth Partnership Coalition 2014 – Current
- Virginia Beach Diversity Council – Virginia Beach Public Schools 2015 – Current
- New Journal & Guide 2018 Impacting Lives Award