Jennifer F. Smith is a young and energetic professional with over 15 years of experience working with youth and families throughout the city of Chicago. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, who received her Master's Degree in Community Counseling in 2010.
Her career began as a learning center teacher, where her interest in mental health ignited. She blossomed as a school-based clinician in Englewood, where she developed her own school projects, such as an open forum for teen issues-“Girls Group”, etiquette program- “Little Misses”, and a book club-“Boys n Books”, to foster the love of reading in young African-American males.
Jennifer is a mother of a teenage daughter and excited about fresh, inventive ideas to aid in the developmental growth of children and adolescents worldwide. She gives countless hours back to her community through the Seed of Hope food pantry, Chicago Cares, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and other mentoring programs. She is co-chair for the National Council of Negro Women-Chicago Central Section’s Community Outreach committee. She has spoken on various topics such as “Conflict Resolution”, “Cyberbullying and Sexting”, and the effects of trauma for the “Saving our Communities” series with radio personality Darryll King’s of the “The King’s Highway Morning Show”.
Jennifer’s ultimate goal is to start her own organization helping male youth, a private practice in counseling, and write her children’s book series to provide mental health education to even the smallest souls.