Founder/CEO L&J Empowerment Inc.[dropcap]L[/dropcap]orenzo Lewis is the founder and executive director of a community-based nonprofit organization located in central Arkansas that focuses on empowerment and mental health awareness for young men of color.
During his time working in youth care for Arkansas Juvenile Assessment Treatment Center, the spark for service was ignited. Lewis’ career has centered around public service and assisting those in need. In addition to his arsenal of professional experience, Lewis serves as a liaison and advocate for those who may suffer from a mental illness.
He is a man of many talents, and he enjoys conducting workshops and forums concerning mental health, tobacco cessation and social justice issues that affect people abroad.
Hometown: Little Rock
First job: Wendy’s
What are you passionate about? I am most passionate about being a good dad. My daughter is such a big ball of energy and so inquisitive. It is really important to me that I provide the right steering for her development.
What’s an interesting fact about you that would surprise others? Although I am talkative, I can be surprisingly shy at times.
Favorite place in the world: I love California. It is just a planet of its own!
One word that describes you: Committed
What attracted you to your career? I was initially attracted to helping people with emotional trauma and empowering them with tools for mental healthiness, through my experiences as a youth with the loss of both my parents. I really wanted to initiate a positive approach to helping others with similar stories realize that there are plenty of coping skills and help available.
Personal motto: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
What do you love about what you do? I love being able to connect with so many people who not only do the same type of work, but also those who benefit from the work we do. I also love the fact that I can make a positive impact on young men’s growth and development.
What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? The scholarship fund I established at my alma mater, Arkansas Baptist College. It allows me to give back in hopes that someday the students that I assist will somehow pay it forward to the same institution of higher learning.
What’s left on your bucket list? I’m still in my 20s so my bucket list is long. The top thing is to travel abroad and see more of God’s creation.
Photo by Jamison Mosley