Brandon Henshaw reached out to LEE’s coaching services when he became frustrated over the systemic injustices he saw his students face in Eastern North Carolina and felt powerless to make change. After his first conversation with his coach, it became clear what he wanted to do next: pursue a career in organizing.
Now, he works with Building a United and Interfaith Lexington through Direct-action in Kentucky.
“I build power in my community by identifying and training leaders from 26 congregations. This year, we had 1,930 people at our annual Nehemiah Action, where we won a commitment from the mayor to contract with the National Network for Safe Communities to bring a violence intervention program to our city.”
Brandon says organizing has proven to him that there is power in numbers.
“If we are to achieve educational equity in this country, then we must build power at the grassroots level to be able to hold our public officials accountable to ensuring equity. My role in achieving this vision is to join my voice with those of us who have been disenfranchised — and amplify all voices.”
“Alone, we are powerless, but when we join our voices together, we are powerful.”
Curious to see what kind of impact you can make through a career in organizing?
In the past year, LEE has helped countless members — just like yourself — translate their skills and experience in the classroom into real impact for students and families. For some, that means career coaching and support, for others — resume review or making connections with a local organization’s hiring team.
To get started — tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’re interested in, and we’ll help guide you through the next steps to find a role that could help you make a huge impact for students and families.