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Ras Smith was born in Waterloo, IA to L.C and Belinda Smith. As a youth, he was often his mother’s tag along to protest, meeting’s with community leaders and other civic venues. In 2006, Ras graduated from Malcolm Price Lab School. He then attended Wartburg College where he studied Fitness Management and played football. Ras later graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Exercise Science. Ras is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Leisure, Youth and Human Services at the University of Northern Iowa.
As a member of the community Ras has been active in mentoring youth, faith based outreach and community based exercise initiative. As a part of youth outreach, Ras served as a volunteer football coach at East High School, while serving as the strength and conditioning coach. Ras has also been a volunteer for the Salvation Army and the Northeast Iowa Foodbank. With an emphasis on youth development and reducing barriers to youth success, Ras was invited as a speaker at the African American Conference for Children and Families for two consecutive years, presenting on the topic of racial microgression.
Professionally, Ras has worked with the Juvenile Court system and for Four Oaks agency providing youth counseling and assisting troubled youth in being rehabilitated to pursue a more positive future. Most recently, Ras has served as the Site Coordinator for the nationally recognized non-profit organization, Communities In Schools. In this role Ras works to provide “wrap-around” services for at-risk youth at George Washington Carver Academy.
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