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During the most precious years of my pre-teenage life, from the age of 10 to about 16, my mother viciously beat me, told me that I’d never amount to anything, like my father and I believed her… turns out, she was wrong.
… Dr. Kai Smith
Dr. Kai Smith
Owner, President & CEO of: G-Line Apparel
Executive Producer & Host of: The Kai Smith Show
Founder & Executive Director of: GRAAFICS
Formerly: Inmate #88-B-2565 and Inmate #93-A-2462
Born and bred during the three most ominous eras of New York City, 70's, 80's and 90's, Kai personally lived the ominous Harlem street life. The life that many of today's rappers and actors portray in their movies and sing about; the life that many others have only silently stood by and witnessed or was told the unbelievable stories of ... Kai personally lived. This living directly resulted in him spending 16 consecutive years in juvenile institutions and adult prisons in 3 different States.
Released from prison in 2002 labeled a ‘Career Criminal’ with six (6) felonies and written off by society as absolutely helpless; Kai vowed to not only change his own life, but the lives of others caught in the cycle like he was. Determined to change, Kai not only founded GRAAFICS, he secured his BA and MBA from Metropolitan College of New York, an Executive MPA from Rutgers University, a PHR from the Society for Human Resource Management and he is awaiting a response from Princeton’s Ph.D program.
Taking an excerpt from his book, Kai states:
“Wow, I think that I may have been 10yrs old when my mother started to tell me that I would never amount to anything. “Your daddy in jail and he aint shit and you gonna be just like him…some shit!” A few years later, while being sentenced to a juvenile detention center for a minor quality of life offense, the judge called me “A hopeless, young, future career criminal” and was upset that he couldn’t sentence me to more time. So let’s see, before the age of 16 I was a hopeless, young, future career criminal that wasn’t going to ever be shit like my dad- so I believed it!
I went out and got myself 6 felonies. I’ve served a total of 16 years in juvenile detention centers, jails, prisons and correctional facilities in three different states. For the first 16 years of my life my mother told me that I would fail in life; I watched her tell me this in between nods from her own aggressive addition to heroin. Before I was 10 I watched my mother do things for money to get heroin that no child should EVER have to witness. For the first 30 years of my life I never knew my father. Twenty of those thirty years he (himself) was in prison. My only brother was shot in the face 6 times and in the chest 3 times as a part of someone’s initiation into a street gang.
In spite of all of this, I now have 2 Bachelor's degrees, 2 Masters degrees, and a national certification in Human Resources. I am the Founder & Executive Director of The Gang Diversion, Reentry And Absent Fathers Intervention Centers. GRAAFICS is the second program that I founded; the first was called: The Urban Development Institute: UnCommon Solutions. I started it while in college, matured it and it was stolen from me. To date, my current program, GRAAFICS, has partnered with: The NYC Dept Of Education, The NYC Dept Of Corrections, The Center For Court Innovation, Brooklyn DA's Office, et.al.
While enduring the tremendous responsibilities of full time work and school; during his undergraduate years, Kai founded his first not-for-profit organization (The Urban Development Institute), a consulting firm (UnCommon Solutions), participated in the founding of one of Harlem’s premier after-school programs and as a result was featured by Metropolitan College of New York in their 2005 Fiscal Report.
As a graduate student, Kai was employed by Visions: Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired as their Director of Business Development and Workforce Diversity. Here, he not only designed, created, staffed and implemented the very department (within Visions) where he worked; he designed the single largest ‘Internship-to-Employment’ program for blind and visually impaired people in the State of New York. This collaboration between Metropolitan College of New York and Visions: Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired bore internship-to-employment opportunities for 12 legally blind people, with one person securing full time employment as the administrative assistant to the president of the college. After being recognized, by The New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, with a plaque that hangs in the foyer of MCNY today. Kai went on to enroll into Rutgers University where he secured an Executive Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy.
Professionally, graduates of The GRAAFICS Program and/or followers of The GRAAFICS Program’s principles and teachings have gone on to establish careers at: Services For The Underserved, The DOE Fund, SCO Family Of Services, The Center for Court Innovation, Brownsville Youth Court, Kings County DA’s ComAlert Program, et. al.
Educationally, followers of the inspirational teachings of The GRAAFICS Program have gone on to enroll into and complete: Rutgers University, Metropolitan College of New York, The College of New Rochelle, et. al.
Today, Kai Smith is the President & CEO of: GRAAFICS, he is Owner & CEO of: G-Line Apparel. He owns and host BOTH a television talk show (The Kai Smith Show) and a radio talk show called: Conversations with: Kai Smith and has ownership percentages of a universally recognized franchise restaurant/lounge in the Tribeca section of Manhattan. In closing the interview with Kai, I asked if he had any last words? He thought for awhile and said: So, I guess my mother was wrong after all?”
Kai Smith’s personal profile and excerpts from the predicted NY Times Bestseller book on his unbelievable life changing story (in which propelled him to create The Gang Diversion, Reentry And Absent Fathers Intervention Centers- GRAAFICS) can be visited at: www.kaismith.org
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