For the Love of Adversity...
Zach's Return to Cass Tech [the hs that expelled him a month before graduation]
"Every process impacts the world you live in...The processes I invested into here, invested back into my life. That's when I made my next move
— Lessons from an ex-drug dealer
Zach's first panel where he was accepted on spot to WSU, a week before decision day
— Zach introduces
The Journey to Love Unconditionally
“Your time holds purpose. How you take your time determines your ability to love . To love you must be positvely in accordance with the nature of the Soul
Zach speaks on building trust within the black male community
— Zach's thoughts invested in Black Male Achievement
“Everyone is investing into a process that may hold a goal. When people become aware of the similarities of these processes, we can build trust in each other
"My drive to be the strongest isn't just a habit. I'm fighting for a stronger sense of purpose. Because before living to be the strongest I couldn't see my purpose
— Zach brings awareness of his journey of overcoming adversity
Zach's panel at the 2018 National Promise of Place Conference
About Zach's Journey of Befriending Adversity
At a young age Zachary Smith mastered the art of transforming adversity into his best friend. He was raised as a golden boy to meet his parent’s expectations. These expectations met resistance in his high school journey. He experienced a sports related concussion, verbal abuse, depression, drug abuse, and homelessness.
Zach always felt the pressure to be an over-achiever in hopes of establishing a positive image that others would love. Exploring social life and becoming popular became a goal. Zach’s pursuit of this goal disregarded right choices, which threatened his image. When his hard-worked image was destroyed, his penchant for risky behavior prevailed...
Invest in Zach's Journey.....
"Love is weak when you are aware of what love can be, on the journey to unconditional love. You have not witnessed true love, until you feel the power of unconditional love