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Rising Stars: Meet Hameen Shabazz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hameen Shabazz.

Hi Hameen, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I was a product of my environment as it relates to extreme poverty, Criminal role models, a school system that diagnosed me with a learning disability, and emotional disturbance disorder.

I took to the streets at a young age and sold drugs at Fourteen. Hameen experienced significant traumatic events that led to a life of drugs and violence. Consequently, Mr. Shabazz was convicted on several charges, including trafficking crack cocaine, and earned a 20-year prison sentence.

Upon his release, Mr. Shabazz was homeless and uncertain of his future. However, one thing that he was sure of was not going back to prison. Mr. Shabazz worked diligently to better his circumstances by working odd jobs, securing a stable place to live, and attending college. He also knew his obligation was to help others achieve their goals.

On June 9th, 2011, along with other concerned citizens, Project NAS was born.​ Hameen now has a doctoral degree in higher education, is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator, an International Author, the CEO of Dare 2 Live Consulting and Training Group, LLC., a Human Services practitioner, motivational speaker, life coach, community advocate, image consultant, and “The People’s Champion.”

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Financial insecurities and social biases. Health issues. Homelessness. Lack of employment opportunities.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Founder of Project NAS Community Development Corporation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that offers services to formerly incarcerated individuals, their families, and young people at risk of incarceration. The Project NAS mantra is “Enriching Lives by Empowering People.” Project NAS was established in 2011 and is the only non-faith-based reentry program in South Carolina. I am the founder and CEO of Dare 2 Live Consulting and Training Group, LLC.

I offer consulting services and training to organizations across the county that provide services to formerly incarcerated people, young adults at risk, and family members of this population. Hameen teaches the blueprint of whole-person development, a tool for success in personal and professional life. I am also an Image Consultant that offers guidance to help people polish their image to advance their career or social objectives.

In addition, I am a Career and Academic Advisor, and Professor at Midlands Technical College. Last, I authored two books, “From Person Walls to College Halls: Achieving Success in the Face of Adversity” and “Re-Shaping Re-Entry in the 21st Century: A Critical Analysis”.

What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Consequences to actions.

Self-accountability.

Always act with integrity.

Never allow others to dictate your worth.

Always be mindful of my whole person.

Perseverance and never underestimate the Power of I AM.

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