Testimony

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.

Tatiana Mahoney


Tatiana Mahoney’s first introduction to Operation Exodus was in 1994, when she began serving as a mentor. At the time, she was working as a research assistant for Cronkite-Ward, a documentary production company. Later, she worked at CBS News, and then as an editor at Parents.com, which is where she learned to be a portal for relevant information for parents looking to improve their parenting skills.

The position of Parent Coordinator at Exodus came at an opportune time, when Tatiana had to leave her job to care for her mother, who was battling cancer. After her mother passed away, Tatiana felt the best way to honor her legacy, which included her passion for education, was to continue at Exodus, and it became a true calling.

Tatiana works hard to ensure that every family gets support based on the family’s needs, helping parents feel “empowered,” to become positive role models at home, and strong advocates for their children within the school system.