Children develop business skills through the Boyz2Men with Purpose program


TITUSVILLE, Fla. — A Titusville man says he found his purpose in helping troubled youth find their own purpose.

What do you want to know

  • Former Pastor Delvin Smith Sr. founded the Boyz2Men with Purpose program
  • The objective of the program is to teach young people a trade, such as carpentry and tiling or electrical work.
  • So far, Smith says his program has helped around 50 young people develop skills he hopes will change their lives.

Former pastor Delvin Smith Sr. founded the Boyz2Men with Purpose program.

The program aims to teach young men and women a trade, such as carpentry, tiling or electricity.

Smith says he not only serves as a mentor, but strives to teach children lifelong skills to help them succeed in life.

One of the projects his students did was revamp the pulpit scene at Love Center Church in Titusville.

The young people did all the work, from building the platform to rewiring the electrical outlets.

“Through their hard work, they’re able to see what they’ve accomplished,” Smith said.

The project lasted two years, but Smith said it was a labor of love that laid the foundation for the children to have a productive future.

Jamarion Snead, 17, said there was no place he would rather be a mentor himself, while honing his building skills.

“Be the best person I can be,” he said of his goals. “Show them the right way, make sure they don’t do the same things I did.”

Snead said that when he was younger his behavior was not up to par and his life was on the wrong track.

“My main problem was that I didn’t feel valued, so I spent my time on the streets,” he said. “I’ve had a few run-ins with the law – not my proudest moments. This program put me on the right track.

Smith said he was proud of how Snead turned his life around.

“I liked being able to use my hands, do carpentry, do crafts and help others, he said.

So far, Smith says he has helped around 50 young people learn skills he hopes will lead to positive change in their lives.


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