Grantee Stories

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Dan Weidenbenner: Emerging Leader, Embedded Organizer

When asked to describe what the term “emerging leader” means, Dan Weidenbenner focuses on the “emerging” part. “I think I’ve got a lot to learn,” he says. “If you would have asked me a few years ago if I’d be doing what I’m doing now, I don’t think I would have had the vision.”

Weidenbenner is executive director of Mill Community Ministries (Greenville, S.C.) and a recent recipient of a We Raise Foundation Emerging Leader Grant for his work developing Mill Village Farms, a job and life skills training program for at-risk youth ages 14-18. Youth are employed at the farms, growing food for communities with limited access to fresh and locally-sourced produce.

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