Episode 42: Featuring Brian Grana and Emily Moberly

Brian Grana-Mentoring and Serving Others

What does it mean to be a Marine? Brian Grana, retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel sat down with Rise Up Radio Hosts, Jared Kelley and James Carmody to talk about how being a part of the Marine Corps taught him how to be a true servant leader and how being a part of something that is bigger than yourself helps you discover what your role is. Grana grew up in South Florida, he received an appointment to the Naval Academy at Annapolis Maryland and after his freshman years went to the Academy at Quantico, Virginia where officers for Marine Corps are trained. It was that experience that made him decide to join the Marines. He severed for 25 years and retired March 2016. When asked to explain what it means to be a Marine, Grana said, “It’s one of the purest senses of altruism you will ever come across. It’s all about serving others.” Serving others is done through mentoring according to Grana and what many people don’t realize is mentoring is not a senior/subordinate relationship. “You have to lead yourself before you can lead others, but you have to serve others before you serve yourself.” 


Emily Moberly-Traveling Stories

Statistics show that 82% of low income children in America cannot read at grade level by the fourth grade, which makes them 15 times more likely to drop out of school. Emily Moberly is working to change this through “Traveling Stories”. She is the founder and executive director of Traveling Stories and is a San Diego Woman of The Year finalist. Moberly sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts James Carmody and Jared Kelley to talk about how Traveling Stories and its pop-up literacy events called StoryTents are helping to end illiteracy and encourage young people to develop a love for books. After graduating from college Moberly went to Honduras to be a teacher. While teaching English in Honduras she realized a lot of people didn’t have the same access to books. She had 87 teenage students who had never discovered a love for reading because they had never read anything but text books. She began bringing books in for the students to read and said, “Watching them fall in love with reading for the first time was amazing.” “Traveling Stories” was born in 2010. The group established seven libraries in a four year period in El Salvador, South Sudan, the Philippines and Nicaragua. StoryTents holds weekly events around Southern California at recreation centers and farmers markets giving the kids a comfortable and safe place to read as well as earn points for that reading. The points are traded for cool prizes. 

Take Action

1. To stay connected with Brian Grana, visit his LinkedIn page.

2. To learn more about traveling stories visit their website Traveling Stories. You may also help the cause and donate by texting STORIES to 41444.