Jace Smith, Y Achievers Director, McGaw YMCA
April 17th, 2018
Posted In: National Mentoring Month Blog Series
With the generous founding support of AT&T, MENTOR launched the Summit Fellowship Program in 2016 to provide professional development scholarships to mentoring program leaders facing financial constraints to attend our National Mentoring Summit. In 2017, thanks to additional investments, MENTOR expanded the Program and provided fifteen scholarships to dedicated leaders from mentoring programs operating with a budget of $150,000 or less.
In the Summit Fellows Spotlight series, the 2018 Fellows reflect on their experiences at the Summit and the lessons they’ve brought back to their local communities and programs.
Jace is an emerging leader from Chicago, IL. His youth development career began at the very young age of 16 when he started volunteering for a local Y on Chicago’s south side. Jace has served in various leadership capacities through his tenure with the YMCA as a health and wellness professional, sports enthusiast, director of operations, philanthropist and mentor. Jace is a passionate leader who is committed to the development of others and is currently serving as the Program Manager for the national Y Achievers program. It aims to help students master high school, gain acceptance into college, and support them through their college experience. When he is not serving youth, Jace is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer who is currently working on his latest project “The 7th Day”. Jace is an avid reader, a distance runner, and a part-time Chef.