CASTRO VALLEY, CA – In the sea of ââprotesters taking to the streets of Oakland after the murder of George Floyd last year, Brianna Noble did not go unnoticed – the world saw the compelling images of her fist raised high, sitting on top of her majestic horse, with its Black Lives Material sign saddled in the back.
The East Bay native has been dubbed the âUrban Cowgirlâ as she has become a symbol of hope and empowerment, with salient images of her peaceful and powerful protest circulating around the world.
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Shortly thereafter, over the following summer months, Noble started a non-profit organization in rural Contra Costa County in Briones, a program that was an extension of his activism and efforts to provoke change.
Brianna Noble with participants of Humble, an after-school equestrian program created to provide youth from underserved communities access to riding skills. (Humble)
Humble, an after-school equestrian program, was created as part of Noble’s goal of providing riding lessons for underprivileged children in the Bay Area, while allowing them to immerse themselves in nature and life. ranch.
âToday, young people in underserved communities – mostly children of color – have limited access to enrichment programs and natural environments,â the association said. “Due to the high costs and limited accessibility, the motivational and therapeutic qualities of horseback riding are often beyond reach.”
The group pointed to figures showing that low-income families were three times less likely to participate in after-school programs, with the majority of those families living in areas deprived of nature.
Humble also highlighted the benefits young people get from working with horses. “Adolescents involved in equine learning have fewer disciplinary problems and their prosocial behavior is about 4 times better than those who are not,” the group noted.
In the year since opening, Humble has grown to fulfill Noble’s dream of providing children from low-income families with access to learning riding skills while building their confidence not only in riding. learning horses, but also in everyday life.
And the success of the program led to an important milestone. This week, Humble is moving to a new location in Castro Valley. The non-profit organization rents a sprawling 38-acre facility that can accommodate up to 60 horses, with on-site accommodation for Humble staff, numerous trails and paddock space for horses, as well as an indoor arena that will allow the program to run. all year.
âWe are thrilled to finally have a home of our own,â Noble said, adding: âThis new facility allows us to really spread our wings and let our children experience the joy of positive riding experiences without fear of encroaching on them. on the others. space, as we did in a boarding school. “
Program officials said the site’s location was also more accessible to those Humble hoped to reach, as the group noted it was closer to Oakland and less than 15 minutes from some of the worst communities. served from the bay area.
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The new facility on Palomares Road “will enable Humble to achieve its goal of using horses as a means of inspiring positivity in communities to the next level, providing even more equestrian and agricultural programs to underserved youth in the region. of the bay, âthe group said.
Brianna Noble’s Humble program will open at her new location in Castro Valley on July 1, 2021. (Humble)
To get the site up and running for its program, Humble has launched a new fundraising campaign to bring updates to the ranch. Supporters can donate needed items at a variety of prices, ranging from a cross-tie of around $ 11 to more expensive items like major appliances, including a refrigerator, washer and dryer.
The nonprofit was also seeking financial aid, volunteers, as well as sponsors for horses, students and programming and said all financial contributions large and small would go directly to the program and to operational costs. .
“I am delighted to welcome even more children into the program.” Noble said, “and I look forward to the community building that will take place in our new home.”
Brianna Noble’s Humble Program, a youth equestrian program, is scheduled to move into a new facility in Castro Valley on July 1, 2021. (photo by Kirstie Marie)
Humble was due to move to its new facility in Castro Valley on Thursday.