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Hello everyone My name is Sheldon Smith. I am 23yrs old and I have one child and her name is Jada Smith. I was born and raised in the Woodlawn area. Im also in college and my major is Social Work. Im a Social Work in Woodlawn. I am the Founder a Fatherhood Initiative called the Dovetail Project which teaches fathers age 15 to 24 Parenting Skills, Life Skills, Felony Street Law, and Parenting Rights. I am also a fellow for the International Youth Foundation and Youth Action Net. My job is to open eyes and change the world with Black Youth Project.

Posts by sheldon

The Road to Success.

By sheldon 9:21 am February 16, 2012 The journey through life is always different and challenging. We have to make choices along the way to our future. Some of the choices are good and some are bad but you can live to create success out of each situation. What is success? Success is being able […]

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Business in the Black Community

By sheldon 10:49 am February 9, 2012 We spend our money in every community except our own!  We don’t own enough businesses within our community as well. This is a big problem for African American families and youth.  In order to strengthen our resources within our community such as schools, we must invest in businesses […]

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Daddys Little Girl

By sheldon 9:58 am February 2, 2012  It is so amazing to be a father and have a baby girl. When my daughter was born in May 2009 so many thoughts were racing in my head.  The  thing that worried me the most was” how am I going to raise a girl?”  These thoughts felt very scary […]

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Growing up as a Black Man in America?

By sheldon 10:04 am January 26, 2012 Growing up as a child certain things were told to me by older people, I listened to some and the rest of it went in one ear and out the other. It is hard being a man and even harder being a black man. It is very prevalent […]

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Where is Daddy!

By sheldon 9:03 am January 19, 2012 An interesting story was circulated through the news media this week. It was about a mother who forced her son to wear a sign “I lie, I steal and sell drugs.” As this story was being analyzed and chopped up by different media reports, I started to realize […]

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The Voice of Fatherhood

By sheldon 10:36 am December 15, 2011 Today is Tuesday and it is a cold sunny day. I’m off to work to head up my fatherhood program. After my work is complete it’s time to pick up my 2 year old daughter from daycare. Before I can make it to pick her up, I’m already […]

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Respecting A Helping Hand

By sheldon 1:15 pm August 11, 2011 I was walking in the door and held the door for a lady and of course that was the correct thing to do. But as I walked in behind her I realized it would’ve been nice to get a Thank You. How many times have that happened or […]

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The Choices We Make

By sheldon 8:00 am July 28, 2011 The question I have for people in our community is “what will it take to save our youth from making those mistakes that can deny them of a brighter future?” When I was 14 years old I had a chance to get my first taste of the neighborhood […]

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