“Others before me, and service before self.”
Those were the words of the soon to be three-time UNF alumnus Farouk Smith. Since his undergraduate days, Smith has involved at UNF and the Jacksonville community in many ways. As he finishes up his second master’s degree at the University, Smith has not slowed down one bit.
“Getting involved on campus embodies the characteristics and traits that every student will need to utilize post-graduation,” Smith said. “It requires some sort of risk-taking, vulnerability, curiosity to learn and develop as an individual, and most importantly, the desire to serve in whichever capacity needed.”
Smith has a desire to be involved.
He has volunteered with organizations like The United Way of Northeast Florida, The Arc Jacksonville, UNF’s On Campus Transition Program, Student Government, Osprey Area Council and the Gents for Jax Foundation, a nonprofit Smith co-founded. His nonprofit targeted young high school men within lower income communities and helped them the social and educational skills to be a member in society.
Smith’s contributions to the community have not gone unnoticed. In 2017, Smith received the Osprey Engagement Medallion Award and was the United Way Upstream Winner where he received a $10,000 grant to fund the Gents for Jax Foundation.
As someone who has been involved on campus for many years, Smith has three words for fellow Ospreys who also want to get involved.
“Just do it.”
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