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President and Co-Founder

Mr. Kenneth Smith

VP - YouthBuild Case Manager

Mrs. Grace Smith

Training Manager - YouthBuild 

Mr. Antonio Hill

Program Director - YouthBuild 

Mr. Kenneth Johnson


Job Developer - YouthBuild

Mr. Michael Blandford 


2019 Board Members

Ms. Dora Bailey (1st Term)

Ms. Donna Johnson (2nd Term)

Director of Training, 

Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services

Mr. Billy McDowell (1st Term)

Wells Fargo Bank

Mr. Allison Preston (1st Term)


Mr. Kenneth Smith 

President/Founder Grace-Mar Services Inc

(Non Voting Member)

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Mrs. Grace Smith


A passionate servant in the community, as well as a licensed and certified teacher, Grace spent more than 20 years educating youth in some of the most challenging communities in Charlotte; Cleveland, Ohio; and Toronto, Ontario. Grace has an Associate's degree in liberal arts and two Bachelor’s degrees - one in sociology and the other in education. Grace also serves as the community outreach leader for her church and sits on the church’s Board of Directors. As a former Division I athlete, Grace turns her competitive nature into service for the betterment of others. Grace’s favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strength’s me.

Mr. Kenneth Smith


Kenneth spent 20 years in various positions in the corporate world working for some of the world’s most prestigious companies, including Wells Fargo Financial, American Express and General Electric. He has won numerous awards in the areas of sales, customer service and leadership.  Kenneth has an associate’s degree in accounting and a bachelor’s degree in finance. He also has certificates in non-profit management, business and has completed six sigma green belt training.  In addition, Kenneth is an author, speaker and business coach.  Kenneth enjoys taking long walks with his wife and dog, cooking and spending time with their two boys, Kenneth Jr., 25, and Emmanuel, 18.

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