Dario Shields - Ghetto Born, God Raised
Dario Shields - Ghetto Born, God Raised
I had the esteemed pleasure of meeting a young man who epitomizes the youth we all envision for our Jamaica.
His name, Dario Shields.
What's special about Dario? Perhaps the title above describes him best, "Ghetto Born, God Raised".
And that's actually the title of his first book!
Yes, Dario was born in the so called Jamaican ghetto (Rose Heights, St. James) but never made his situation got the better of him.
He was determined from an early age to achieve excellence, to be the best he could be. And although not quite there, he has already been a
tremendous inspiration to other youths in his church, community which includes in smaller brother.
What's The Motivation?
His brother formed a big part of his motivation to write the book. According to Dario, "we grew up without a father and I wanted to tell him a story". He didn't want his little brother to get caught in the life of the ghetto.
Dario stated that he was simply making diary-like notes, but after about 10-12 pages, he showed one of his lecturers, who was very impressed and encouraged him to go all the way. Well, the rest, as you can see, is history.
At age 21, Dario became a published writer and is already a huge inspiration in his community, especially in church where he holds key posts in their youth departments.
About The Book
The book started with a youth who had high dreams, wanted to go to Harvard, but dropped out of school because of financial constraints. It
was then he consider living the ghetto life, with the aim of getting money to get him back on track, but was rescued by a leader in a local
That youth, by the way was Dario himself. Although fictitious characters and added 'lines' were included to enrich the reading experience, a lot of the book is actually about him.
I asked him, "What impact do you want your book to have on its readers Dario?", his response, "I'd like them to realize that it's not so much
about your setbacks in life, but more about how you comeback". He continued, "You don't always need money, you need God; trust in God, keep pushing and amazing things will happen".
Dario's book is available all over the internet but you can find it on Amazon here
Amazon also has a Kindle Version
of his book.
And by the way, during my interview with him, he had a friend, Kenneil Reid, who declared how inspired he himself was by Dario. He has already
started to prepare his own publication.
- He is currently planning a youth conference, titled "You can do it!". He plans to invite other youth in and around Jamaica to present their experiences. The goal? To inspire other youth.
- He also just recently completed writing the script for a local movie, "Breathe", which he will also be acting in.
- In addition, he has a new novel to be published by this October called "Lean Into It".
- "Reparation" is also on the cards. Its a local play that seeks to sensitize the youth, particularly those in St. James about the dangers
Impressive, isn't it?
And by the way, he has already been featured in Jamaica's top local newspaper, The Jamaica Gleaner.
How can we help?
I posed the above question to him. His response was, "I am seeking help to get the message out". "I don't necessary need money, just help to get some connections in sponsoring some of the projects I have in mind, which is really about sensitizing Jamaican youth and exposing the rich talents I see here".
You can contact Dario directly by phone, via the various social media sites online, by email or by simply adding a comment to this post.
Dario, if you are reading this, it's an absolute honour to know you my brother. You proved to many Jamaican youth, especially the disadvantaged and sidelined, that there is hope.
Continue to be an inspiration.
Your Very truly,
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