Sam Simmons is licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has over 25-year experience as a behavioral consultant in the areas of chemical dependency, violence abatement and historical trauma. He specializes in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work with African American males and their families.
Sam is currently SAFE Families Manager at The Family Partnership managing the federally funded Be More Project to engage African American young men and boys to stop violence against women and girls and to promote healthy nonviolent relationships. Also, Healing Generations culturally-specific relapse support program for African American men. He is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota.
Sam received the “2007 Kirby Puckett Legacy Award” for work done with Life Source that led to an increase in the African American community’s organ donation from 29% to 75% in 2006. Sam was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives Best Practices Award for his work with MN Department of Veterans Outreach Services, prison reentry and in the African American community. He is executive producer of public affairs programming at Twin Cities community fixture, radio station and KMOJ. Currently he's co-host of "Voices” addressing issues of the urban community.
Sam is respected for his highly informed work around African American historical trauma and his highly successful Community Empower Through Black Men Healing Conference around the country. He plainly states, “A community is empowered by the strength of the information it’s given.”
Bio from Samuel Simmons Consulting