Ty Navion Brown
Favorite subject(s): Math
I’m Ty Navion Brown and I’m from Fort Myers, Florida. I like to spend my free time playing sports, particularly football and volleyball, but my true ambition in life is to become a rap artist. For me, leadership is about both listening and setting an example. This is something I think I could do through music.
Feeling safe and having room to breathe
Ty Navion has a vision of his community as a peaceful place where everyone feels safe and supported. However, at times, even though he and his peers are brimming with talent, people’s words and actions can hold you back. In fact, this is what Ty himself sees as the biggest challenge to achieving his own ambition of becoming a rap artist.
It’s not surprising then that Ty feels his local community needs “someone to show they’re not afraid.” And Ty may just be that person. At just 14 years old, he already has a strong mindset. He believes that “no matter what you want to do, you can do it,” as long as you have the support and guidance of people you trust.
This is where Crossover comes in. For Ty, Crossover is “a place where you can be yourself.” Immersed in this leadership environment and surrounded by other “outgoing achievers,” he’s able to develop key skills he’ll need in the future. In particular, he credits Crossover with helping him to find his voice and talking more.
Crossover is an inspiring place for people like Ty. Thanks to strong, faith-based guidance and support from people like Mr Rudy, Ty is growing in confidence, ability, and in his relationship with God. Soon, he’ll be in a position to stand up and support his community—just as Crossover is supporting him.