The CEO of World Youth Empowerment is Charlie Smith. Charlie Smith was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois; in a community inundated with high crime rates, violence, drugs, and poverty. Charlie Smith excelled beyond his environment, achieving honor roll status in high school and ranked eighth in his graduating class. Charlie was named to the All-City first team squad for the Chicago Public League along with finishing his senior year as the third highest scoring guard in the City of Chicago. Charlie broke Paul Robeson High School's single game scoring record with a game high performance of 48 points against Kelley High.
Charlie earned a full basketball academic/athletic scholarship to attend Fresno State University in 1982. Charlie was part of history in 1983 as he played on the Fresno State Basketball team that won the "NIT" National Invitational Tournament. Charlie graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Charlie along with his team-mates and coaching staff will be inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame in November of 2009.
Charlie later received his State of California Real Estate License in 1990 and maintains his license status as a California Real Estate Licensed Sales Person. Charlie achieved status as one of the most successful Business Development Managers for several top 5 nationally ranked Mortgage Lenders in the United States. Charlie previously worked as the Assistant Vice President/Sales Manager for one of the largest Title Insurance Companies in the nation. Charlie's professional real estate career expands with over 22 years of experience. Charlie previously owned and operated several successful businesses along with forming World Youth Empowerment in 1999.
Charlie is very active in his local church currently serving as co-youth pastor for youth ages 12 to 18 years of age. Currently, Charlie is employed as the Chief Operating Officer/National Sales Director for one of the top ranked software companies in the United States. Along with all of Charlie's previous achievements, he has a passion to help youth achieve their full potential in life by having them tap into their God given talents.
Charlie has an experienced team of staff and volunteers in place who believe in the vision and mission of World Youth Empowerment. His wife is a business executive with over 20 years of experience. She is a multi-talented individual in all areas of business management and brings the necessary skills to further advance the goals of World Youth Empowerment.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
- NELSON MANDELA