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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.

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The Road to Success.

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 to fail, take criticism and using it […]

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Business in the Black Community

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 that surround our community.

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Daddys Little Girl

 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 but at the same time very powerful. […]

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Growing up as a Black Man in America?

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 stereotypes that are associated with being a […]

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Where is Daddy!

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 the big story wasn’t about the mother being a […]

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The Voice of Fatherhood

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 receiving text messages from my daughters mother […]

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Respecting A Helping Hand

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 are we so use to doing things […]

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The Choices We Make

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 or “hood” as it is so often […]

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