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About Brian Snyder

Brian Steven Snyder is the founder of Beyond Day Zero - an organization focused on providing justice-impacted individuals with pathways to internal healing and resilience building through guided hiking sessions and exposure to nature. He is currently thru-hiking from Flagg Mountain in Alabama to Mount Katahdin in Maine following the Pinhoti Trail, the Benton Mackaye Trail, and the Appalachian Trail - affectionately know as "Bama to Baxter". Besides his continued own self-journey, Brian embarked on this adventure in an effort to raise awareness, support, and funding for a dream of his to revitalize an abandoned camp in the Delaware Water Gap area as a headquarters for Beyond Day Zero. Brian grew up in a white, blue collar American household in between a steel factory, a railroad, and a cemetery. Adopted from birth and of mixed race, Brian experienced a variety of abuses and ultimately responded in ways that landed in prison for 10 years. During this time, he was introduced to Dr. Donald Roden and the promise of a better life through higher education. Since returning home in 2012, Brian graduated cum laude from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with a Bachelor's in Communication, landed his first job immediately after, and then returned to his alma mater as the Federal Work Study Coordinator, and then promoted to Student Financial Aid Counselor, for the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences graduate schools. Brian has since left this all behind, including his loved ones - human and all of their animals, including his own two cats, Dallas and Panther - to bring his dream to create a society free of the fear of freedom. 

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