Kim Smith is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of K.I.M. Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization focused on empowering, motivating, and educating previously-incarcerated women while preventing recidivism. She is passionate about helping women in our community succeed while making a positive impact on creating productive citizens.
A Virginia native, Kim lends her leadership skills while educating and empowering incarcerated women at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center in Fairfax, VA. She is inspired and mentored by the guidance of Joyce Carelock Ministries (JCM) Help Center in Manassas, VA. Her passion is at the forefront, with the conviction that all women should have a second chance to make an optimistic change in their lives. She has personally witnessed an increase of recidivism by loved ones due to lack of proper resources and family support. This has made her devoted in finding solutions to the critical concerns of employability, educational training, housing and other barriers that conquers the challenges of re-entry achievement.
Kim holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She is also a Certified Real Colors and Crossroads Facilitator trained to deliver Evidence-Based Cognitive Behavior Change Curriculums presented by the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), and issued by the National Curriculum and Training Institute (NCTI). She is also a trained NARCAN Opioid Overdose Administrator.
Additionally, she is a Certified Reentry Employment Specialist (RES) trained to recognize the national trend toward modeling language that encourages respectful and supportive interactions in working with correctional clients (parolees, probationers, inmates in institutions, residents in transitional houses, or offenders in general). She is also a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ), and a certified Small Women and Minority-Owned (SWaM) member for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Additionally, Kim is an active member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Prince William County Chapter of Virginia (NCBW PWC). Kim is also a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS), issued by the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS).
Kim is dedicated to providing evidence-based programs to correctional clients with barriers to employment. The organization’s goal is accomplished by implementing stimulating activities and materials that are organized around a well-developed program. This will help to identify the roles affiliated with the RES modules.
The organization’s goal is accomplished by implementing stimulating activities and materials that are organized around a well-developed program. This will help to identify the roles affiliated with the RES modules.
Kim believes that she can make a tremendous influence on improving the lives of previously-incarcerated women. Further, she also believes that recidivism starts with effective interventions that are taught during pre-release. Moving forward, one of her goals is to develop correctional clients with a comprehensive evidence-based approach that will provide in-house services and accommodations. Kim also hopes to enhance re-entry programs targeted towards women entering our community by building sound partnerships with other non-profits, businesses, and community leaders.