Mia St. John is a 5-time World and International Boxing Champion and first generation Mexican born in America. She founded "El Saber Es Poder/Knowledge Is Power" to empower our youth by providing educational material, equipment and development of Health & Wellness programs.
In November of 2008, El Saber Es Poder and Micron donated computers, electricity and internet to Barrio de La Cantera in Zacatecas, Mexico. She was presented with an award from Governor, Amalia Garcia, for her role in sports and humanitarianism and the "WBC Goodwill Ambassador" Award from The World Boxing Council.
In March of 2010, El Saber Es Poder along with Lou Pizzaro of the hit TV show "Operation Repo" and producer Randy Martinez, produced a PSA in Spanish to raise awareness of mental illness in our inner city youth.
In 2011, Mia created a youth wellness program based on her book, The Knockout Workout. This innovative, holistic youth development program will directly address the most serious health and social challenges facing Latino youth and their families today. Currently the program is taking place at El Centro Del Pueblo in Echo Park, the heart of East Los Angeles.
Mia recently joined forces with Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano and Los Angeles Lakers star Ron Artest on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to reintroduce the Mental Health in Schools Act and create awareness and support for mental health initiatives.
She also spoke at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus this month, where President Barack Obama made a riveting speech at the CHCI's annual Gala.
As well as Congress, Mia speaks in schools and juvenile halls on the importance of education and overcoming hardship. She speaks of her own battles with mental illness, addiction, poverty and overcoming it all, to become a five time international and world boxing champion.
On November 23, 2014 Mia's son Julian, passed away at the age of 24. He was a talented artist battling Schizophrenia and addiction. His art was displayed at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art and Air Laguna in Laguna Beach, California. His art studio, "Stone Art" in Palm Springs, California, is now a free center for young adults suffering from mental illness, including homelessness and addiction. Classes include art, boxing, yoga and meditation. Our boxing program also takes place at Step Up on Second in Santa Monica, California.
St. John says of her son, "He was the light of my life and I will continue to fight for mental health until I take my very last breath". In 2015, Mia was named by CNN, "Mental Health Warrior", along with eight other inspiring people. For more information, please read Mia's article in The Washington Post on the loss of her son and her fight for Mental Health Reform:THE WASHINGTON POST