Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Harris Starts Youth Mentorship Program

 

Brandon Harris, 18, founded Coalition for Success, a non-profit which recruits a wide array of successful professionals in Annapolis to volunteer as weekly mentors for teens from gang- and violence-stricken neighborhoods. Harris, who attended HOBY’s Maryland Leadership Seminar in 2016, built the organization on HOBY’s principles of leadership, service, and innovation. It explores new avenues for local youth and gives local business leaders an opportunity to be role models. Since its founding two years ago, Coalition for Success has since grown to 20 active members who are spreading a message of hope to the underserved communities of Annapolis.

Brandon received HOBY’s Outstanding Young Alumni award which recognizes alumni ages twenty-five and under who, through significant service and leadership in their schools and communities, has made an outstanding difference in the lives of others at the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards Gala on May 30th, 2018 in New York City.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by HOBY,” Harris said. “It motivates me to continue what I am doing and will hopefully motivate others to try helping in their own communities. I love to see peers of mine take steps to try and succeed in areas of need.”

Javier La Fianza, Chief Executive Officer of HOBY, says, “Brandon Harris proves age is no barrier to inspirational and effective leadership.  His work has brought people and communities together on behalf of a common cause.  Students and adults alike follow Brandon’s lead, and together are creating safer neighborhoods and communities.  He is truly an Outstanding Young HOBY alumnus and so deserving of HOBY’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.”

Brandon recruited successful community professionals to volunteer as weekly mentors for teens from gang and violence-stricken neighborhoods. Built on HOBY’s principles of leadership, service, and innovation, Brandon’s Coalition explores new avenues for local youth and has since grown to 20 active members who are spreading a message of hope to the underserviced communities of Annapolis. The Coalition’s mission has had a direct impact on its participating youth: improved grades, more polished behavior in school and the community, and an increased opportunity to succeed.