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Exclusive SWITCH'D HUSTLES  education, services & products that are changing the game.

Discover how you can get involved & support Escaping the Odds as we reach out to the community with educational tools like our Young Authors Program. 

  • Young Authors Program Books Available on Amazon!

    Let’s move in solidarity and support these new authors from inner city Chicago.They worked on these project all summer of 2020 and I’m proud to see their vision come into fruition. #RealStories It was an honor to have witnessed the creation of excellence. Shout out to DeLisa New Williams for instructing the YOUNG AUTHORS WRITERS Program and Wynell Gray of EE&S employment services for Providing Escaping  The Odds the opportunity. 



Aaron Smith, founder of Escaping The Odds, grew up in public housing on the south side of Chicago. It was there that he got involved in a heroin drug operation that produced up to $15,000 a day. As a result of his crimes, he was later indicted for conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl resulting in death. He was sentenced 12 years in federal prison. While serving nearly a decade in jail, Aaron had a drastic mindset shift. He decided, with God's help, that it was time to switch hustles from selling dope to chasing dreams. As an entrepreneur, podcast producer, and mentor, Aaron continues to contribute to the ever changing narrative of the formerly incarcerated. He escaped the odds and seeks to empower anyone who desires to do the same. Together we can change lives by switching mindsets and hustles. Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Formerly incarcerated? Looking to invest in innovative startups? Searching for dope fits to rock? Struggling to start or grow your business? At Escaping The Odds we want to tap into the next level of freedom with you. Check out everything we have to offer.

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