Developing Afterschool and Community Programs
Mount Nebo Austin – Austin, Texas
- Emerging Leader: Riley Brown
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Amount of Grant: $10,000
- Dates of Grant Term: April 2018 – April 2020
While attending the University of Texas, Austin, Riley Brown interned with Mission Possible, a Christian Community Development ministry, where she learned the intricacies of program management, curriculum development, and program creation. In 2015, under the umbrella of Mission Possible, she began leading a weekly program in a North Austin housing community. Through her leadership, the program blossomed from 7 to 50 volunteers and the number of people served through the program tripled. The ministry continued to grow and Brown incorporated the organization as a nonprofit, Mount Nebo, with a Gospel-centered focus on building life-giving mentor-mentee relationships with underserved children. Brown graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and government.
Mount Nebo will use this grant to run two of their programs: Base Camp and Mount Nebo Academy. Base Camp occurs separately in each of the five communities they work in every Thursday and is open to any resident, primarily ages 2-18. Activities include outside play, family dinner, Bible stories, dance parties, and more. Mount Nebo Academy is a three-day-a-week afterschool program that promotes homework help, STEM learning, fine arts, cooking, and other life skills. Mount Nebo gives youth a safe place to go after school and a venue through which to dream big about their futures.