The Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus was excited and proud to welcome AVID program manager Jonathan Grant Brown back to campus recently. Brown has worked with the campus for three years and has visited several times to train faculty and staff and to speak with students.
Minnesota School of Business is one of three AVID for Higher Education (AHE) schools in the state of Minnesota and is proud to be in its second year as a fully-certified AVID site.
The purpose for Brown’s visit was to train student mentors and to inspire students with his personal story of perseverance. The Brooklyn Center campus was dedicated to Brown in May 2014. Check out the full story here!
Brown, who is a national motivational speaker, spoke to approximately 25 students, faculty, and staff. He shared the story of being abandoned by his mother at the age of five and how that action drastically affected his life. Brown grew up in the foster care system believing he would be nothing more than a “statistic” and that he was destined to end up dead or in prison. Rather, because of several people in his life whom Brown said “disrupted” his path, he began to see a future for himself.
He became involved with AVID in high school, worked as an AVID tutor while he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Communication, and is now employed by AVID for Higher Education. Brown has earned his Master’s Degree in Education and will start a Ph.D. program in 2016.
Brown’s message of perseverance and triumph resonated with the students at the MSB-BC campus, many of whom share similar backgrounds and experiences with him. His presentation elicited both tears and laughter from students. Students were greatly affected by Brown. The majority of students who attended his presentation are in their first quarter of college and greatly appreciated his support and encouragement.
After Brown’s presentation, he worked with approximately ten students who want to serve as student mentors at the Brooklyn Center campus. The role of a student mentor is to provide academic and social support to peers and receive support in return. Several Medical Assistant students had already formed unofficial mentorships with one another before Brown’s training, and they now have a better idea how to help one another with time management, coursework, school/life balance, and the many other struggles they face as adult learners.
The MSB-BC campus is so grateful to Jonathan Grant Brown for his continued support of students, faculty, and staff.
Written by: Michelle Rivard, AVID Liaison at the MSB-BC Campus