Teens of Color Info Session – June 6, 2022
5:30-6:15pm PT / 8:30-9:15pm ET | via Zoom
Curious about an iBme retreat?
Join iBme staff, community leaders, and teen alumni in this info session to learn about iBme’s 2022 summer retreat schedule and more. Get the low down on:
- Upcoming BIPOC retreat
- Upcoming free workshop: “Clear Mind, Full Heart: An Introduction to Mindfulness”
- Costs of retreat and scholarships
- What it’s like to be on retreat, from daily schedules to types of activities
- “What if I don’t know what mindfulness is or how to meditate?”
Who will be there?
Tonya Jones Program Strategy, Equity & Community Engagement
Tonya has spent the past 17 years working in the public sector driven by a strong commitment to social justice and equity, collective healing and building stronger, compassionate communities. Before joining iBme, Tonya was the Los Angeles Director at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a national organization that provides transitional work and permanent job services to the formerly incarcerated. At CEO, she was responsible for overseeing and supporting a diverse staff of 20, along with program development and management, community partnerships, fiscal oversight and working collaboratively with national fund and business development teams. Tonya is a certified mindfulness facilitator (UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior). She is a mentor for UCLA’s Intensive Practice Program, teaching assistant for UCLA’s Mindfulness and Theory course, guest teacher at InsightLA’s POC sangha, and has lectured and facilitated at numerous educational institutions and organizations. Tonya holds a BA from Howard University, MFA from Columbia University, and serves on the UC Irvine Advisory Board for the Customer Experience Certificate Program.
Jacqui Clay Board President, Systems Committee
Board President, Equity and Interdependence Committee Member Photo: Path at Insight Meditation Center
Abigail Lo Teen alum, Equity and Interdependence Committee
Abigail is a junior at Fordham University double majoring in Humanitarian Studies and Theatre Performance (yes, it’s a very long title). As an active part of the theatre community, they’ve spent much of their college career acting, assisting designers, and agonizing over the next set to build in the scene shop. They’ve also worked to bring their activism into theatre: as a co-chair of the Fordham Theatre BIPOC Alliance, Abigail has worked for the past year to hold Fordham Theatre accountable to its stated anti-racist values as well as create a community for other BIPOC students. Outside of theatre, they’ve taken on many leadership positions at Fordham’s Center for Community Engaged Learning, and they love tutoring math so they can finally put those high school calculus classes to use. Abigail is also looking forward to attending their fifth and final iBme retreat in December 2021 — without iBme, they could never be where they are today. Their dreams for the future involve off-Broadway acting, working at an NGO for transitional justice, or moving to Sorrento, Italy and eating gelato by the ocean.
Sundara Jones-Quartey Youth Advisory Committee
Sundara Jones-Quartey is an undergraduate student at Howard University majoring in Human Development. Born and raised in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area, she plans to obtain her Master’s in Social Work and become a therapist for children and adolescents in D.C. Being the oldest of four, Sundara is always supported and inspired by her family. Having attended four iBme teen retreats, she is grateful and fortunate to be a part of such a special community.
Come hear what iBme can do for you, and get all your questions answered.
Learn about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices! Hear what it’s like to be on retreat, from the real-life day-to-day vibe to what it’s like to sit in silence/not in silence, plus schedules, types of activities and workshops, games and play, being in nature, community building with peers, and more. You’ll also get to hear teen alumni share their personal experiences!