Matt Brown was born in Buffalo, New York and was raised in Montgomery County Maryland. He was homeschooled all the way from elementary school through high school. Matt was heavily involved with a church in Derwood, MD for all of his Jr. High and Sr. High years. As an undergraduate student at Messiah College from 2014-2018, Matt focused most of his studies on social justice issues, mental health, and faith-based perspectives on counseling and therapy. As a senior, Matt researched the impact of online addiction in adolescents and identified tools and resources to help parents work together with their students to impact change. In the spring of 2019, he graduated from a nine-month Fellows Initiative Program in Greenville, SC that included a part-time internship with Safe Harbor. Matt is now a full-time REP Prevention Coordinator in Greenville County!
COLLEGE AND MAJOR:
Messiah College, in Grantham PA. Undergraduate in Human Development and Family Science
FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC ARTIST:
NEEDTOBREATHE, Taylor Swift, Passenger, and Randall Goodgame.
Video games, Writing, Reading, Hiking, Ultimate Frisbee, and LEGOs
FRIDAY AFTERNOON YOU WILL MOST LIKELY FIND ME:
Playing disc golf, hanging out with close friends, or relaxing at home.
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM:
Biggest pet peeves:
Loud chewing & driving slow in the fast lane.
“Forget everything you think you know.”
I’M A REP EDUCATOR BECAUSE:
I believe that having honest discussion about relationships, relationship violence, and personal experience/opinion is something that should take place in every school. In my experience, I feel that a lot of youth are stigmatized by the belief that they are too young to be experts. I love being able to step into a classroom and let students speak honestly about what they think and feel – each and every class I am reminded how wise youth can be! Knowing that I don’t have to be an expert in all their issues – because the students are the experts – is comforting. All in all, after interning with REP in 2018, I realized that REP was a perfect fit for a lot of my values: youth, intentionality, research/statistics, meaningful conversation, and social justice! Also, the REP team is absolutely incredible!!!