"My path, my purpose in life is to heal,
grow and change the world."
On October 15, 2017, Brandon Harrison's life was tragically taken by gun violence, at only 20 years old. He was a beloved son, grandson, brother, father, nephew, friend and community leader. Brandon was, and always will be, a rising star with a deep love of learning and passion for social justice. He not only dreamed of creating a safer community and better future for his sons Noah and Adrian, he was actively working to improve conditions for young people of color in his hometown of Stockton and throughout California.
Brandon believed that "self-love heals all wounds" and he fought tirelessly for equity, racial justice, and more opportunities for young people to heal. He was a community organizer and policy advocate who promoted health, healing justice, unity, education, and restorative practices. He was deeply committed to ending the school-to-prison pipeline; his legacy will live on through Be Smooth, Inc. and the statewide movement for youth justice.
Brandon was proud of his growth over the last several years from a youth participant, to a Fellow, to a Youth Movement Builder at Fathers & Families of San Joaquin in Stockton. He was also a student at San Joaquin Delta College. He was a member of the The California Endowment President's Youth Council, National Youth Transition Funders Group - Youth Justice Work Group, and the Statewide #FreeOurDreams Youth Policy Team. He was involved in the California Alliance for Youth & Community Justice, Alliance for Boys & Men of Color, Positive Youth Justice Initiative, Central Valley Movement Building, California Equity Leaders Network, Movement Warriors, Neighborhoods Owning Power Action & Leadership, Sons & Brothers, YO! Cali, and #SchoolsNotPrisons. To honor his life, several awards have recently been created in his name, including the Brandon Harrison Youth Leader/Youth Organizer Award from the UC Davis Equity Summit and the Brandon Harrison Visionary Award from The California Endowment.
His brilliant mind and genuine ability to connect with people of all ages, experiences, and walks of life, will be remembered by everyone he met. When he spoke he moved people, often to both tears and laughter, with his unapologetic honesty, depth of knowledge and wisdom, fierce love, heartfelt connections to systemic injustice, and bold visions for the future he believed in. Above all, Brandon loved deeply and was deeply loved in return, by his family, friends, and countless people whose lives he touched.
We love you, Brandon. Be Smooth.
Be Smooth, Inc. is a community-based organization in Stockton, California founded in 2018 by Lecia Harrison in honor of her son, Brandon Harrison, a 20-year-old rising leader in the movement for youth justice and a powerful advocate for education and healing. Our mission is to foster school communities where youth and families heal, grow, and create change.
Be Smooth, Inc. aims to do this by supporting the healthy well-being of community members, families and youth. Promoting education, healing, and positive youth development; coaching students on life skills and tools for positive decision-making; supporting students and their families in successfully navigating the educational, mental health, juvenile justice and other systems that create obstacles and challenges to positive outcomes. This can be accomplished by facilitating opportunities for relationship-building between schools, families, and communities; and educating policymakers.
Mission and Values
MEET OUR TEAM
Lecia Harrison is a social worker. In this capacity, she has worked with women and children who have been the victims of domestic violence: child protective services, adult protective services and the disabled. Lecia received a masters in social work (MSW) from California State Stanislaus and a bachelor of science in community studies from Humphreys College. She recently passed the state licensure test to complete her goal of becoming a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Lecia has spent 20 years working with the public and 15 of those years working as a civil servant in a multitude of roles with Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties. Lecia has lived in Stockton for the past 25 years and has three children: Christopher, Brittany and Brandon (deceased). Lecia and Brandon shared a passion for social justice and restorative justice. A deep understanding of disparity and disproportionality within the prison, healthcare, education, child welfare, juvenile, and criminal justice systems. As well as an understanding of the complexities and effect of the school to prison pipeline. This shared interest was based on real life experience with one of the local school districts in Stockton. Brandon was passionate about dismantling this system and creating a way to help children most impacted by it to achieve the success they are capable and deserving of. Lecia has founded Be Smooth, Inc. to carry on Brandon's work. The organization is named after Brandon's signature phrase, "Be Smooth", which he said when ending conversations or leaving family and friends.
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Angela Phillips is an elementary school principal at TEAM Charter School in Stockton, California. She also serves on the school board for the Stockton Unified School District. Angela received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of the Pacific in 1994. She began teaching in the Stockton area immediately after graduation. Besides teaching, Angela has been a parent and committee leader for many groups in the school district and community. Her passion for children and families led her to volunteer on the School Site Council, District Advisory committee, PTA, Black Family Day committee, Kwanzaa program, Black Graduates Recognition program, and People and Communities Together (PACT). Angela’s passion for education and dedication to her church and community has allowed her to work on numerous projects that have affected the lives of many citizens in her community. She believes that we each have a mandate to have a positive impact on our sphere of influence, and she is doing just that. Angela has been married to Henry Phillips for 22 years and they have four very talented children. The Phillips family resides in Stockton, California.
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Secretary/Community Outreach Officer
For the past 5 years, Jasmine, along with countless young people in South Stockton, has been finding ways to build community and civic engagement. Life for her, and many Stockton youth, has elements of social and economic poverty, and it is her personal experience that drives her to do this work. Jasmine has worked on issues related to disadvantaged student opportunities. She has served as a site director for summer programs with the housing authority and the University of the Pacific to promote literacy and has worked with 100 students over the past 4 summers to help them design and execute community action plans, thereby becoming active solutions to the problems facing their community. In her role as student organizer for the South Stockton Schools Initiative since October 2015, she and other South Stockton partners have created a park beautification campaign aimed at reducing blight, graffiti, and gang-related crime with the goal of increasing the number of families who use neighborhood parks. She has worked to help bring access to fresh produce in food-desert areas in South Stockton and is currently working with students to fight for educational change through policy. Currently, through her work with students, she has partnered with: Mayor Tubbs, Facebook, Street Code Academy, and EnCorps STEM teacher fellowships to bring more access to STEM and coding opportunities for students in South Stockton. Jasmine will continue to dedicate her time and heart to uplift, empower, and equip the future generation to reach its highest potential.