Carver’s Jeffrey Brown takes a hike — thanks to Outward Bound

Jeffrey Brown, a rising senior at The New Schools at Carver’s Early College, won a $4,000 Wilderness Scholarship from Outward Bound Atlanta that will be put toward a 21-day hike in the North Carolina mountains in July 2010. This won’t be the first time for Brown, who’s gone on a couple hikes with the program that’s worked with Carver for five years helping use the outdoors to build character.

Brown’s parents are both active in the great outdoors. His father has taken him fishing in Florida’s Everglades. His mother, Marcy Lowe (pictured above, left), almost got attacked by an alligator while she was fishing, and pregnant with Brown. (“We were both lucky,” he half-joked.) Here he discusses the program with New College Principal Marcene Thornton and Outward Bound Executive Director Ronald Skeete (pictured above). Hat tip to Outward Bound’s Amy Martin for helping us out, including with the press release, which runs after the jump. …

In the fall of 2009, thanks to the generosity of an outstanding supporter, Outward Bound Atlanta (OBA) established a scholarship for an Outward Bound wilderness course to increase our impact on students in Atlanta.  The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize youth served through OBA programs who demonstrate the potential for the characteristics exemplified by one of our legendary leaders, John Webster.

The John Webster Four Pillars Scholarship honors the dedication and collaborative spirit of this great man. John has been instrumental in supporting and strengthening our organization through his compassion, empathy, and humor. His kindness and generosity has helped lead the organization to even greater heights.

Scholarship recipients exemplify compassionate leadership, humor, kindness, and the willingness to confront difficult decisions and challenging situations. The scholarship is valued at over $4,000 and covers all costs for the recipient to attend a 21-day Outward Bound Wilderness course in the North Carolina Mountains.

Jeffrey Brown, Jr. is Junior at Atlanta Public Schools’ New Schools at Carver – Early College. This dynamic young man has been involved with the Outward Bound LEAD Club since he was a sophomore and this fall completed a 5 day Outward Bound Wilderness Expedition in North Carolina with the Club. Jeffrey’s academic interests are in ecology and biology and his experience with the Club has allowed him to explore these interests further. Jeff lives in the East Point section of Atlanta with his mother. Jeffrey does a great job managing his responsibilities both at home and at school. Without personal transportation, this young man and his mother rely on public transportation to get to and from work and school. As a testament to his self-reliance, during his long commute, he uses the time on the buses to study and work on homework assignments.

This past school year Jeffrey was in the dual enrollment program with Early College at Georgia State University (GSU) and takes classes at GSU 3 days a week. His enthusiasm for and dedication to his education is evident. Jeffrey has expressed that during his five day wilderness expedition last fall, he grew from the challenging course and is eager to continue growing and developing through a longer expedition this summer. Join us in congratulating Jeffrey Brown, Jr. as a leader in Atlanta Public Schools.

“As an Outward Bound Atlanta member I am proud to say that I have learned the meaning of teamwork. Becoming actively involved in my community and learning new leadership skills are key elements in achieving complete success. Outward Bound Atlanta has provided me with the necessary skills to be able to make a positive change in the world as well as giving me the opportunity to develop as a leader.”
Jeffrey Brown, Jr. 2010

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