So often at BronxWorks, staff come from different professional backgrounds and make a choice to pursue a career in social services. Zachary Smith, Program Coordinator at BronxWorks, fits that persona, motivated purely by an innate drive to give back.
Zachary grew up in Westchester County and studied Business Administration and Marketing at Morgan State University in Maryland. Later on, he transferred to and graduated from Monroe College and initially worked in his field of study. Eventually, an opportunity allowed him to shift into social services.
The business world just didn’t appeal to me, sitting in front of your computer all day doing the exact same thing over and over again; then a door opened for me where I could be pushing forward for something better.”
Zachary worked for the City of White Plains where he helped run an after-school program and a neighborhood services department. In 2016, he joined BronxWorks as a Youth Worker at the Classic Cornerstone Community Center, later moving to the Betances Cornerstone Community Center as a Leadership Specialist and Community Liaison. Today, Zachary is the Program Coordinator at the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center SONYC After-School Program, which provides after-school and summer programming for over 40 middle school students. In his role, Zachary also supervises four team members as part of his duties.
Through talking with the students on their level and listening to them, I can bring them programming that they like to do so they know they really have someone here that cares.”
Outside of work, Zachary likes to play video games. “I’m just like these youth, you can’t be too old for video games.” We asked him what games he plays and he said, “NBA 2K is always number one.” He also loves playing basketball on the court, as well as coaching and mentoring others in his favorite sport. Zachary loves to spend time with family and read philosophy books.