Serving Hope To Teens in the Projects

Genevieve Smith is a believer, daughter, sister and friend. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Genevieve and her family relocated to North Carolina when she was in high school to avoid homelessness. Through the ministry of YoungLife, Genevieve responded to God's pursuit of her heart during high school. She seeks to make Him known to everyone she encounters. Genevieve currently works as the Area Director for Young Life in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where she has the privilege of sharing Jesus Christ with teenagers. Red Hook is home to the largest housing projects in Brooklyn. Gee, as her friends affectionately call her, is passionate about making sure that every teen there has had the opportunity to hear the Good News of the Gospel. When she is not building relationships in Red Hook, Genevieve enjoys reading, writing, listening to Underground Hip Hop, and exploring her love for her hometown of Brooklyn.

Genevieve holds a BA in English and Africana Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as a certificate in Urban Youth Ministry from Urban Youth Workers Institute at City Seminary.


Suzi Chun-Turley has spent her career in both private and nonprofit sectors helping organizations become more effective. Her private sector experience includes providing senior leaders management leverage at Bridgewater Associates, strategic consulting at McKinsey & Co. and investment banking analytic support for nonprofit and government entities at J.P. Morgan Securities. Her experience supporting nonprofit organizations includes building up a charitable services group at Next Jump, serving as an internal management consultant for the United Nations, and helping to develop one of the nation’s earliest SROI (social return on investment) models for REDF, a social venture fund in San Francisco. Most recently, she was the Director of Social Impact at Tough Mudder.

She received her M.B.A. from Columbia University and B.S. in Operations Research from Columbia School of Engineering. She lives in Washington Heights with her husband David and their two children, Hudson and Margot, and is most likely craving chocolate ice cream right now.

Hope In Identity

Carly Byrd has lived in New York City since 2002 and has over 13 years experience in the finance industry.  She currently works at Deutsche Bank specializing in US taxation and chairs the Securities Industry SIFMA corporate actions society tax committee.  She is native Hawaiian and lives in Harlem with her husband Ashley, two daughters, and dog.

Precious Metals Part 1

Native Philadelphian Carolyn Harrison currently lives and serves as Metro Director in the Greater Bronx for Young Life.  A trained theater arts educator for twenty years, Carolyn began her second career as a youth minister with Young Life in East New York, Brooklyn as the Area Director. Carolyn completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Theater Arts at Bucknell University and Antioch University-McGregor School respectively.  She completed a Master of Divinity at Nyack College-Alliance Theological Seminary in 2015.

Carolyn is advancing her work as a theater professional by creating a performance piece entitled Precious Metals which highlights the parallel nature of struggles and victories experienced by women regardless of their historical, geographical, or cultural context.  Carolyn will showcase Precious Metals in December 2015 as an offering of thanks for completing her Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.

Additionally, Carolyn serves on the Intercessory Board of Community2Community (C2C), a grassroots organization dedicated to building self-sufficient communities by working alongside the Haitian community of Petit Goâve as they recover from the staggering effects of the 2010 earthquake.

Newly married, Carolyn is grateful for the partnership with her husband, Eric Harrison, whose creative inspiration and loving support enables her to pursue life at full capacity.  Of all her accomplishments, Carolyn is most proud of her ministry as a parent to two young adults and one teen, two daughters and a son, for whom she prays daily that they might become the world changers that God intends.