Andrew Brown was born and raised right here in Bed-Stuy. He attended Minot State University on a football scholarship in the beautiful country town of Minot, North Dakota. He graduated back in 2005 with a BA in Broadcast Communication. He returned home to New York in the fall of 2006 where he began volunteering as an assistant football coach for his alma mater Beach Channel high school. It was there where he discovered a love and passion for mentoring and educating the kids from underserved and forgotten about communities. In 2007, he started his journey in the education field working as a one-on-one crisis para professional. For the past decade, he has worked with a number of educational institutions and football programs in the tristate area, and he has mentored and educated hundreds of young men and women along the way. One lesson he tries to teach the young men and women he comes in contact with is “not to be afraid of greatness”. This was the lesson the learned from a poem written by Marianne Williamson entitled “Our deepest fears”.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
by Marianne Williamson