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Mind Masters Wellness Workshop for Rising Middle Schoolers

Inaugural Event Taking Place on August 3 at The Skills Center in Tampa


The Jackson In Action 83 Foundation, in partnership with the Florida Blue Foundation and the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation, is proud to announce its newest program, “Mind Masters,” a wellness workshop for rising middle schoolers on Saturday, August 3 at The Skills Center. The inaugural event will feature a keynote address from international speaker and mental health advocate Nate Evans Jr., while distinguished psychologist and executive coach Dr. Nekeshia Hammond will address the parents of the youth during a morning session to provide them with tools to help them navigate their child’s emotional health. All parents will receive a copy of Dr. Hammond’s newest book Mindset Training: Conquer Your Mind and the Rest Will Follow. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ali Marpet, who is currently working on his doctorate in psychology, will also make a special guest appearance.

“We are excited to introduce the Mind Masters program, a project we’ve diligently developed since Vincent’s untimely passing,” said Lindsey Jackson, Jackson In Action 83 Foundation co-founder. “Our approach has been thoughtful and meticulous, focusing on the sensitive, yet vital, issue of mental health among young people. With this initiative, we are proud to extend our support to all youth in Tampa, beyond our traditional focus on military families, ensuring everyone has the resources to thrive both mentally and emotionally.”

Mind Masters, free for youth entering 6th-8th grades for the 2024-25 school year, will start at 9:15 a.m. Following opening remarks by Ali Marpet, Nate Evans Jr. will speak to the youth before participants engage in breakout sessions by age groups, led by Evans and Frameworks of Tampa Bay. In addition to the thought-provoking breakout sessions, the youth will end the day with their choice of an interactive therapeutic session with options including yoga, art therapy, pet therapy, photography, or physical movement. There will be opportunities for the youth participants to receive giveaways throughout the day, and everyone will go home with a bag that includes swag items, as well as information on additional mental and emotional health resources.

Thank you to the NFL Foundation, Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Exalted Warrior, Dogs, Inc., Ryan Nece Foundation, Cindy Gierke, Jeff Kamis and the Jacob Kamis Foundation, and JIA83 Board Members Connie Gage, Rebekah Nault, and Ralph Sevelius for their support of this program.

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