one•n•ten Celebrates 6 Months of Programming in Mesa!

By Bobby Beverly

August 23rd marked the 6 month anniversary for the Mesa one•n•ten satellite group. The youth commemorated this event by creating 2 time capsules; one to be opened at the year mark and one at the 5 year anniversary. The youth filled the capsules with mementos and pictures. Some, including myself, wrote notes to themselves to be read on a later date as well as messages to future one•n•ten youth. The night was a poignant look at how much we have all grown over the course of our tenure, as well a means of stating the goals we would like to have achieved by our the time we open each capsule.

To kick off the second half of this year’s programming, Mesa one•n•ten welcomed Personal Motivator and Holistic Educator/Healer Carmen Marrero on September 7th. As an installment to our ongoing “Health & Wellness Series”, Carmen facilitated a discussion on recognizing harmful behavior patterns and the ways in which we can channel self-destructive stress-feelings into more healthy alternatives. After the discussion in our usual classroom space, the group moved into a large dance/workout room where Carmen led us through a series of breathing, stretch, and even dance exercises which can be very effective in reducing stress and re-centering ourselves. The night was very beneficial and welcomed by the youth who clearly enjoyed the lessons and activities. Carmen truly has a gift for conveying the need of holistic health awareness and we look forward to having her join us again soon. For more information on Carmen Marrero’s services see or