Ut Prosim: LaTron Brown
LaTron Brown is a class of 2008 Virginia Tech graduate. He earned his degrees in Biological Sciences and Pychology. He has dedicated himself to living a life of service and being an example to his community. He is a true servant leader—aligning his values with community needs.
In 2009, LaTron volunteered as a tutor for Cultural Arts for Excellence’s Afterschool Program. He tutored students in Math, English, and Science. This opportunity allowed him to start the Cultural Arts for Excellence (CAFE) 5k Family Fun Run and Walk in 2010. The aim of this initiative is to get members of the Northwest community in Roanoke active in children’s education and interested in healthy activities. Until then no community-wide promotion or events occurred in that part of Roanoke City, a predominantly African American neighborhood. The program is in its third year, and LaTron still serves on the 5k Board.
In 2011, LaTron started a small business called Senior Lifestyle Concierge—a social enterprise that essentially creates a network of professionals to provide services to seniors who wish to remain in their homes. It brings all of the joys of living in a retirement community into one’s home through an initiative he calls Retirement Living@Home. Through Senior Lifestyle Concierge, LaTron has been involved in initiatives to bring awareness to mental health challenges among the elderly. He also supports the Local Area on Aging’s “Soup for Seniors” program by raising canned food and non-perishable item donations for low income seniors. Also, he has provided pro bono assistance to seniors who cannot afford a comprehensive moving coordinator. He provides at least 5 hours a month to a senior who needs assistance in their home. He provides periodic grants for home improvement for low income seniors. Lastly, he promotes intergenerational awareness and support of the elderly, through providing an award to high school seniors who volunteer at least 50 hours with a senior in a facility or home based setting.
LaTron has aligned his values and his talents to continue the goals of service and care instilled by the history of Virginia Tech.