Community Champions Presented by Capital One: Gregory Henderson
“For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other,” said humanitarian Millard Fuller. For over a decade, Gregory Henderson has been dedicated to making a difference in his community by serving as a positive role model for the youth in Southeast D.C. He is known in his community for his warm presence, a generous heart and an enormous smile.
In 2008, Henderson joined Kid Power Inc., a non-profit organization that provides educational programming for youth from underserved communities in the District of Columbia as Director of Strategic Partnership. Kid Power strives to empower their youth to produce informed and engaged advocates for change in their own lives and in their communities.
Studies show that at-risk kids who know less than they should about local history, and that have few contacts with civic life of their community, are among the least engaged. The program works by teaching fundamental skills while introducing students to civic curriculum.
Prior to his service with Kid Power, Henderson served as an African-American Studies teacher and basketball coach at Sousa Middle School. Thanks to his efforts and support, his students continue to graduate high school and go on to attend college. As a teacher, a mentor and a friend, Henderson continues to leave his mark by inspiring young men and women to strive for excellence.
According to Civic Health Index, community involvement is an indicator of a community’s health. Henderson’s vision to create a program to give students a fun and educational opportunity after school has been achieved through Kid Power. He works to provide the tools and opportunities necessary for the youth in his community to excel and become future neighborhood advocates.
To date, Kid Power has serviced over 350 students and has been voted one of the best small charities in D.C. by greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy.
The Washington Mystics acknowledge Gregory Henderson for his dedication and contribution to his community by providing hope, support, and opportunity to youth and their families in Southeast D.C.