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Colorado Springs Mayor Yemi Mobolade presented an Inspirational Leader Spirit of the Springs Award to Dee Smith at the Juneteenth Celebration Friday for his dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of black youth through his non-profit organization, OneBody ENT. 

“Dee Smith’s work with OneBody ENT is a shining example of how one individual can make a profound impact on a community,” said Mayor Yemi. “Through his passion and commitment to taking lessons from the past to enhance the future, Dee has empowered countless residents and provided them with the support and resources they need to succeed. I’m pleased to recognize him with a Spirit of the Springs Award for his dedication to youth development, the K Land neighborhood, and the greater Colorado Springs community.” 

Smith, the founder of OneBody ENT, which includes the Men of Influence and Women of Impact organizations, has been a driving force behind the success in promoting positive change and unity in Southeast Colorado Springs with a mission to serve youth and adults by providing resources and support to help prevent criminal offenses and re-offenses. Through various initiatives such as community outreach, education, mentorship, violence interruption, performing arts, entertainment and social gatherings, OneBody ENT offers positive outlets for individuals to engage in wholesome activities and surround themselves with like-minded peers to create a brighter future.

The Mayor’s Office welcomes the opportunity to recognize exceptional individuals within the City of Colorado Springs whose leadership inspires others with an Inspirational Leader Spirit of the Springs Award. These awards are presented to recipients by the mayor or an official designee to honor them for their influence. For more information, visit

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