20180417 175729 Brandon Gleaton

Brandon Gleaton


Impact Manager, City Year Detroit

As a proud native Detroiter, Brandon is deeply engaged in community activism that serves those living in poverty. He is committed to policy and education as integral parts of systemic change for social justice. Focusing his work on educational initiatives for youth, Brandon has been able to teach self-advocacy to support systemic change that Detroiters yearn.

A graduate of Wayne State University with a B.A. in Education, Brandon works as an Impact Manager with City Year Detroit. In this role, he leads a diverse team of Americorps members who serve full-time for a year alongside classroom teachers in the Detroit Public Schools Community District. Drawing on his experiences teaching in public and charter urban classrooms, Brandon leads corps members in providing instructional support to improve learning and social outcomes for school-aged children living in underserved communities. In addition, he coordinates CollegeSpring SAT preparation programming, focusing on increasing access to higher education for students at an all-male high school in Detroit

Access and opportunity are central to Brandon’s work. Prior to joining City Year, Brandon worked as a Youth Development Specialist at SER Metro-Detroit, working with 60 young adults ages 18-24 pursuing their GED or skilled trade certifications. He was responsible for teaching adult basic education, advising students in the YouthBuild Construction Institute, and providing guidance in obtaining full-time employment.

Brandon also served as a peer mentor teaching assistant in Wayne State University’s College of Education, collaborating with faculty to facilitate a course titled “Becoming an Urban Educator,” which examined issues relevant to social justice in urban schools and society through the exploration of the historical, political, and social trends that influence education. As part of this work, Brandon supported teaching apprentices engaged in service learning projects in Detroit schools, collaborating with teachers and schools to sustain community-university partnerships.  

An active member of Central United Methodist Church (CUMC) in Detroit, a church that has a mission of Peace and Justice, and is one of the few Reconciling Congregations in the city, Brandon’s community activism draws upon the rich history and place of the Black church in Detroit.