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Knowing Your Worth Outreach has been working together for six years and has a proven track record of success. During this time, the Knowing Your Worth Foundation worked with the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center to utilize their expertise to keep the cuffs off our youth and give them another chance. We use that experience to help you down a path to the results you need. Check out our partner Starts Up Front testimony of its history of success with adolescents from all around the world.
Every morning, our team has a meeting to discuss our clients. Meaning no matter who you go with within our team, the expertise of the whole Knowing Your Worth staff weighs in on your case.
Rev. Enoch Smith Sr. is in his final phase of pursuing his Doctorate of Education in Organization Leadership and Christian Ministry from Grand Canyon University. Smith holds an M. Ed in Curriculum & Instruction with a minor in leadership from Concordia University in Portland, OR. Smith is an Academic All-American at Highland Community College in Highland, KS. Smith's previous roles consist of him working as a Deputy Juvenile Officer/Shift Supervisor for Greene County Juvenile Detention Center, helping to redirect youth positively using sport and community development to transform lives. Smith was arrested as a youth, and it changed his life. He saw sports as a way to keep the cuffs off the child in Chicago, IL. While serving as an assistant principal, he began to work with the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. Smith established connections with Lanetta Haynes, Executive Director of Justice Advisory Council; Philippe Magloire, Deputy Executive Director of Programs and Professional Services; and James Worthington, Supervisor of Probation Officers. Through these connections, Smith mentored several male and female teenagers. Some of the male youth would become Sigma Betas, a mentoring group of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., of which Smith is a lifetime member. The female adolescent became Archonettes of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Smith lived the Ida B. Wells Housing Project in Chicago, IL. Smith is a product of Chicago Public Schools. He began his high school career at Bolingbrook High School. In her last days, he honored his mother by attending her Alma Mater, Wendell Phillips, graduating in 1995. Nonetheless, Smith's goal is to reduce recidivism and promote furthering education. Smith is an educator serving as a Principal, Assistant Principal, Operations Manager, Dean of Students, Director of Culture and Climate for Chicago Public Schools and Charters Schools in Chicago, IL. Smith also served as Professor and Academic Coordinator at Highland Community College. Smith became a Regional Ambassador of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Area 6, working directly with the Executive Director, Kevin Thomas of the NJCAA https://www.njcaa.org/general/2020-21/releases/20210222ga6ak2. in 2020. Smith poured his heart and soul out to his players and the community of Highland. He worked with the Doniphan County Sheriff's Department to promote community service projects for the Highland Community College football team. As the Pastor of Starts Up Front Sports Ministry, he taught and preached the word of God on the campus of Highland Community College and at the Highland Christian Church. On October 16, 2021, Highland Community College Alumni Association awarded Smith with the Distinguished Alumni Award for his hard work and commitment to excellence within the Highland Community. Smith understands the power of sport. While at Missouri State University, Smith became a 1st Team All-Conference selection in 2001. He would later play four years of Arena Football. In 2004 he led the Peoria Pirates to the Arena Cup while leading the team in sacks. The coaching staff awarded him with the Iron Man of the Year during that year. Smith's goal is to continue to do God's work to empower youth.
Dr. Marques Stevenson has a Doctorate of Education in Sport and Performance Psychology from Western States. As a nationally recognized expert in sport and performance psychology, he is a Mental Performance Consultant, Resiliency Coach, and Masters level Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Through SAMSHA, Dr. Stevenson attained a Child Adolescent Mental Health Providers Specialization (ChAMPs). He completed 1,000 hours of intensive therapy with at-risk youth in the Austin neighborhood on the Westside of Chicago. Dr. Stevenson also offers a wide array of services ranging from Group therapy, individual therapy, & mindfulness training. Dr. Stevenson is also ahead JV football coach and works with students of all ages. As a coach, Dr. Stevenson had helped over 50 student-athletes receive college athletic scholarships. These students have successfully navigated their college recruiting experience through his mentorship and careful guidance.
Coach Smith began his career at Michigan State before going to Oklahoma State for the 2017 season. Members of the media voted Smith the 2018 Defensive MVP of the Liberty Bowl. Smith helped the Cowboys rank in the top 20 nationally in sacks, tackles for loss, and red zone defense. He ranked among the nation’s top defensive tackles by Rivals, Scout, 247Sports, and ESPN and was listed as a four-star prospect by Rivals. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in Education. He will bring his experience to the program to help place the participant in a field of interest.
Talisha has a background working with the court system working for Robert McGee Law Firm in Springfield, MO. She prepared court documents and sat in court for cases for the firm. Smith has a passion for helping the next generation of leaders reach their potential. She is studying Criminal Law at Highland Community College. She will graduate in the spring of 2022. Smith is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Talisha will bring her expertise to the organization, which will add value.