URBAN WORKFORCE INITIATIVES
After earning a degree in Sports Journalism/ Broadcasting from the Dan Rather School of Journalism from Sam Houston State University, I immediately embarked upon a career as a sportscaster. After a brief trek to New York to seek out that career-launching opportunity (that didn't come my way), I returned home to continue my sports and media pursuits. I soon realized that I needed a real job with real benefits and spent the next 15 years earning my corporate stripes navigating through the tumultuous labor landscape as a Sales & Training Manager with a Fortune Four-Hundred organization. I then branched-out to operate my own business as a Management Consultant and worked with small to medium-size business to help mitigate their HR challenges and increase productivity.
In conjunction with my extensive business and community service exploits, over the years, I have also managed to stay attached to the sports industry, covering sports in the Houston area as a freelance sports journalist; including several years as a freelance correspondent with the Houston Chronicle and other publications. I also served as the online Play-by-Play Announcer and PR/Media Consultant for the the Katy Rough Riders of the Arena2 Football League. However, it's been my work on the frontlines of today's volatile labor force as a Workforce Development professional in the Gulf Coast region of Texas that has helped to provide a front row observation of the troubling the correlation of expanding crime and the excessive number of ill-prepared young urban males who are old enough to enter the American labor force. My quest is to warn America that if we don't take more assertive measures to address these issues, we are all headed towards a destined path of tumult, thus compromising the future safety of our communities.
I currently outreach local churches, schools, colleges and other community initiatives to set up customized workshops and symposiums. I am also a Community Ally for President's Obama My Brother's Keeper Initiative. My first book project, Decoding The Urban Genome - America's Last Chance to get Young Urban Males Job-Ready Instead of Crime-Ready is now available at several area bookstores and at Amazon.com.
This project is certainly not about me, but I do believe it's important for people to understand the impetus that fuels my passionate journey to create change in our decaying urban communities across America. I have actually been a huge proponent of community initiatives in the Gulf Coast Region of Texas for the past three decades. First, as president of my local chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity while attending Sam Houston State University; then, by spending five dedicated years as chair for numerous community service initiatives for the Alumni Chapter (Missouri City/Sugar Land Chapter) including Ronald Mc Donald House, Women's Shelter of Houston, Houston Food Pantry and Habitat for Humanity to name a few. However, it was my association our cornerstone programs such as Kappa Guide Right and Kappa League, where I began to realized that there was a significant need for stable urban males to showcase their steadying influence and impart their wisdom back into their respective communities.
Wil Smith with Newfield Exploration VP Thomas Smouse, Sterling Bank Ceo Downey Bridgewater, Houston City Controller Ronald Green and Dr. Aven of the Bauer School of Business of the University of Houston
Wil Smith has worked with a myriad of church groups throughout the region creating Job Forums, Workforce Education Workshops for Youths, Veteran Groups, the Disable Community and others, including the one below for Urban Males facing challenges in the Workforce, at The Church Without Walls in West Houston.
Empowering young urban males with the skills, confidence and motivation to compete in today's volatile labor force through the power of early intervention, job-coaching and prayer