Kevin Shird, co-founder, and president of the Do Right Foundation is making a remarkable impact on the fight against drugs in America. Recognized as a national youth advocate, author, public speaker, and humanitarian, Kevin has dedicated his life and work to helping youth understand the perils of street culture —which makes no apologies for destroying so many lives and families.
After serving a total of 12 years in California state prison and federal prison for drug trafficking, he now advocates for young people and policy changes and he often uses the term “Redemption.”
The Do Right Foundation, established with R&B singer/actor Mario, provides a lifeline to youth who desperately need substance abuse prevention education and intervention. Through his leadership, the Foundation has implemented programs and initiatives to help teenagers and children survive and avoid the pitfalls of communities submerged by crime, violence, and substance abusing parents.
Through a strategic partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Kevin has spoken to students at colleges and universities around the country. He lectures on the issue of substance abuse prevention, re-entry, public health policy and mental health as it relates to incarceration. He also tells his personal story of redemption and how one can literally walk through fire and emerge on the other side—helping to ensure better lives for others.
Recently, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services added Lessons of Redemption to their education curriculum. And Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appointed Kevin to the Baltimore City Heroin Treatment and Prevention Task Force.