Mont Brown, named the Southwest Philadelphia Ambassador by State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, is an entrepreneur, music artist, community leader, philanthropist and 2015 BMe Leader. Coming from Southwest Philadelphia, Brown believes in the power of unity. His story is an inspiration to youth who face similar challenges in life. His mother was incarcerated for the majority of his life and his father died while he was a young child. He was then raised by his grandmother whom he helped with her battle against breast cancer. He then lost two of his close friends to gun violence.
Brown's life experiences motivated him to create "The Kickback Foundation," a movement of like-minded individuals, encouraging youth and creative types to believe in their dreams, own their crafts, and execute their visions. The vision for The Kickback Foundation is to create opportunities for individuals to thrive off of their own ambitions, but to do so with passion, integrity and style. Brown is devoted to providing personalized attention and mentoring for the youth in inner-city communities through, music, art, and creative expression.
The Kickback Foundation has held events that include the "Stop the Violence" Kickback festival aimed at creating a day where no violence takes places in the community, Thanksgiving Coat and Food Drive, which benefit over 4,000 residents living in Southwest Philadelphia, free brunch for neighborhood seniors, ice skating parties and celebrity basketball tournaments to raise money for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Brown has partnered with Unity in the Community and ran HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns. He has also been featured in The XXL,The Source, The Philadelphia, MTVu, VH1 and more.
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