When Jordan Henry (Jr., MO) began working at a small Christian radio station in his hometown six years ago, he enjoyed doing everything from hosting live radio shows to sticking number labels onto CD cases. But he never dreamed where that work experience would lead him. “Last year, in the summer of 2014, I was at the radio station doing some work when the Phyllis Schlafly Report came on,” said Jordan. “At the end, Mrs. Schlafly talked about a summit that Eagle Forum hosts for college students every year in Washington, D.C.”
Jordan applied and was accepted to the summit on a scholarship. After attending the forum, Jordan “fell in love with Eagle Forum’s rich history of standing up for conservative, Christian values,” he said. An internship with the Phyllis Schlafly Eagle Forum was ideal for this prelaw major.
Right away, Jordan felt at home as an Eagle Forum intern. “It was a friendly place with friendly people who helped me to strengthen the areas where I am weak and then grow in the areas where I am already strong,” he said. Jordan could hardly believe how involved he could be as just an intern.
He was working side by side with top writers and political analysts, speaking with Phyllis Schlafly herself, and actually helping to influence public policy. During his internship, he communicated with Eagle Forum leaders in all fifty states, contributed on the Phyllis Schlafly Report radio program, and served as editor-in-chief for the Eagle Forum Collegians blog.
Jordan believes his college preparation played a large part in why he felt so prepared for the internship. “English classes at PCC gave me foundational writing skills that helped me write eloquently, effectively, and concisely,” he said. “History of Civilization and American History gave me a proper framework in which to put my political positions,” he added. “Bible class and chapel helped me to build a Christian foundation for my political beliefs and for how I interacted with other people.” Chuckling, he admitted, “Even the dress code helped me prepare to dress for success in a professional setting.”
Apparently all of that preparation did pay off—Jordan was asked to return to St. Louis in September to help host the Eagle Council, an Eagle Forum annual convention. Usually, the convention brings in outstanding guest speakers and political experts, but with the presidential race right around the corner, this Council was different. The event featured six presidential candidates who were running at the time: Dr. Ben Carson, Governor Rick Perry, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Rick Santorum, Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator Rand Paul.
One of Jordan’s roles at the event was to personally escort Dr. Carson and Governor Huckabee. “Here I was,” said Jordan, “acting as the personal escort for people who could be the next president, shaking their hands and conversing with them backstage.”
Although Jordan doesn’t know what his future holds concerning politics, he feels blessed to have been able to join Eagle Forum, working to keep America the land of the free.