Rampant criminal engagement is a now paradigmatic element of the social ills of urban communities across America. Crimes are becoming more brazen each day and are being carried out with little or no concern for human life. Law enforcement officials are befuddled as they see the average age of the perpetrators dropping precipitously each year and the alarming trend of young urban females are now being sucked into the realm of debauchery. People tend to let their guard down around females who can be even more vicious in their attacks than even their thug male counterparts. Urban chaos and madness has now over-flowed into communities that were once considered to be pristine safe-havens; the type of communities where those who had the means, flocked, to escape the mayhem. Pick up any area newspaper or watch any local news program and you’ll witness a barrage of virulent crimes, such as home invasions robberies or dangerous carjackings at the forefront. he basis of this entire project is predicated on enriching our urban communities and making them safer. No matter how vigilant or how many extra precautions we take, the truth of the matter is that no matter what we do, we’re still vulnerable to crime at any place and any time. However, we do have the resources to make our communities safer and keep many of our young people from becoming part of the growing legions now threatening our communities.

The former Chron.com sportswriter is on a crusade to educate the masses that through early intervention, many of our young urban males could avoid the pitfalls of criminal absorption if they were adequately equipped with the life skills and confidence to become job-ready instead of crime-ready. To further mitigate disturbing this cultural phenomenon , Smith recently launched Urban Workforce Initiatives, a, jobs coaching, Christian-influenced outreach initiative, predicated on early intervention and looks to partner with area churches and community outreach groups, setting up workshops, group mentoring/coaching sessions, and job fairs focused on urban employment initiatives. Feel free to contact him for any of your upcoming community-based projects including job fairs, employment forums and workshops. set up by six separate parts. Essentially, you get six books for the price of one, beginning with an explosive introduction that sets the narrative throughout. It is during the introduction where Mr. Smith reveals what sparked the birth of the project. Part two explores the the ills that led to the madness and why were the warnings ignored. Part three discusses why we’re failing at getting young people working early and why this is fueling the problem. Part four offers a stimulating journey through the eyes of Smith during his two-plus decades of navigating the labor landscape of corporate America and his perspective on other racial issues that impact us. In part five, Smith puts his many years of expertise as a corporate manager and workforce strategist is designed to educate and inform those need guidance in the labor force. In part six, Smith completes the project as he recants the details of a chance meeting with Civil Rights icon Dr. Ralph Abernathy. 


Part One:The Criminal  Apocalypse: Give me your wallet or get me a job

Ubiquitous mayhem • The deadly sins of the un-working • Prisons not the answer • Coaching the perfect game

Part Two:Decoding the Urban Conundrum: The Warnings that went Ignored

The brewing of a cultural tsunami • Nothing normal about the new normal • Cracks becoming craters • Educational woes • Hip-hop not that hip

Part Three:First Job: The Jumpstart to the Future

The big breakthrough • A requiem for disaster • Preparing early for the bumpy 9-5 terrain • Changing of the guard • Where you start isn’t where you have to finish

Part Four:Blurred Lines: The Great American Labor Prism

How much does race really matter in today’s Workforce? • The numbers don’t lie • What an introduction • Crab syndrome; • Ice and a bag of skittles

Part Five:Carving Like a Champion: Finding your niche in today’s workforce

Life is really like a box of chocolates • The keys to carving out a solid career path

Part Six: Conclusion: Re-establishing the Roadmap for progress

Father knows best • Cycle Busting • Revisiting history with Dr. Ralph Abernathy • Moving forward: Probable solutions to combat the problems • Epilogue


The Introduction:(Why This Project and Why Now?)

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Barack Obama

A FEW years back, I received a phone call from an acquaintance who I had not heard from in quite some time at that point.  For the sake of privacy, I’ll just call him Johnny. Johnny had contacted me since it had occurred to him that the both of us had not communicated in a while and felt that it was time that the both of us did some catching up with one another. Johnny was a young man who I had hired and trained while had I worked in a management capacity many years back during my days in corporate America. He had been planning for a dual celebration of sorts and was hoping that I might be able to attend the festivities. One phase of the celebration was set to highlight the Christening of the most recent addition of his family, a young son. In conjunction with the Christening, he and his wife would also be celebrating the purchase of their new home.

During my in initial encounter with Johnny, one of my core management responsibilities revolved heavily around the task of hiring and developing younger people for entry level positions within my company. I ultimately became so good at it that I was routinely lauded by my superiors and constituents for my efforts. Since we didn't have an official HR/recruiting presence in our area, I accepted the lead without hesitation, because I enjoyed the training and coaching aspects of my job. Before I knew it, I had become the defacto point person for entry-level and part time recruitment in my market area. Many of the people I recruited exceled and often advanced into other key positions within the company. I took great pride in the fact that some of the people I discovered, had never been employed in a professional work environment and required extensive coaching and nurturing in order to become viable components within the labor force. I always felt that it was incumbent upon me to be fair and unbiased in my hiring and training practices, but I made a habit of going the extra mile to identify reliable young minority candidates, since my company was severely lacking in this area.
I vividly remember my initial encounter with Johnny, who had come into the office to complete the application process after learning about the position through his high school counselor. I often cultivated relationships with the high school counselors in my area who took an interest in helping their students find jobs. Johnny's personality radiated a gentile shyness, but I could also sense that he was a young man who had experienced some rough patches in life. Plus his neighborhood and school setting had become overwhelmed by declining academic performance, escalating drop-out rates and the malfeasance of gang presence. Johnny was not dressed properly for an interview when he arrived, so I coached him up as to how he should present himself to prospective employers and encouraged him to take an application, and then come back later if he was truly serious about his job seeking intentions.



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