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October 9, 2018

VOICES FOR HUMANITY HITS THE STREETS
WITH “HOPE DEALER” VJ SMITH

Scientology Network’s VOICES FOR HUMANITY, the weekly series presenting heroic change-makers from a variety of faiths, cultures and nations, working to uplift their communities, announces a new episode featuring peace activist, V.J. Smith, on October 10, 2018.

VOICES FOR HUMANITY airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Scientology Network.

Minnesota’s crime rate is 88% higher than the national average. Nearly half the homeless population in the state is under 21. On the drug and gang infested streets of Minneapolis, V.J. Smith is known as the “Hope Dealer.” Armed only with his message that it is possible to “come from nothing and be something,” and a relentless determination to help others, V.J. is reducing crime in the city.

ABOUT V.J. SMITH

V.J. Smith grew up on the streets as a foster youth and was introduced to organized crime at an early age. Despite not having a father or strong male role model, he turned his life around as an adult. V.J.’s passion is mentoring and showing young people who are headed in the wrong direction, that they can turn their lives around just like he did. Today, V.J. spends hours on the streets every week bringing positive, proactive advice and support to troubled youth. He is an inspiration to many young adults who were once destined to be homeless or incarcerated.

V.J. Smith serves as the National President and Executive Director of MAD DADS, a coalition of African-American men and parents who are fed up with gang violence and illegal drugs and are reclaiming their neighborhoods one child at a time.

VJ Smith
VJ Smith
VJ Smith

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