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    Sheldon Smith

    Executive Director and Founder, The Dovetail Project

    Sheldon Smith has been involved in the nonprofit world since the age of 13, when he began working as a community youth organizer in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. As a teen, Smith’s community organizing work focused on social issues such as youth and gang violence, juvenile justice, sexual health education, mentoring and promoting community activism and civic engagement. Eight years ago, Smith became a father at the age of 20. Determined to be the best father he could be for his daughter, Jada, he founded The Dovetail Project to bring together resources he found lacking in his own life and the lives of other young fathers in Woodlawn. Since then, The Dovetail Project has graduated more than 190 young fathers from its 12-week program and raised more than $3 million from donors and organizations such as Chicago Beyond, Open Society Foundation and Nike.

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    Wednesday, Oct 19 2016

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