While traditional boxing may come across as encouraging aggressive and physical behavior, our unique #Lionheart curriculum was custom developed to provide interactive and engaging social skills training and support both for those who need a confidence boost, are bullied, or struggle with emotional issues such as depression or anxiety, and those who perhaps themselves struggle to relate to others and are perceived as challenging or aggressive.
Our trainers work in conjunction with, and are supported by, practitioners in the mental health and addiction fields to ensure the best possible programming.
We offer one on one training, group support, afterschool programming, in school programming, as well as event hosting or attendance.
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Mendi is a nationally-recognized expert spokesperson in the field of teen mental health and addiction and a passionate advocate to start the conversation on the critical issues that impact teens and their families. Clinically trained, Mendi’s extensive experience as a therapist includes individual and group counseling for children, adolescents, and families in various settings. He has worked at several treatment centers including: the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development, the Carroll County Youth Services Bureau, Chabad Crisis Centers, and the Center for Discovery and Adolescent Change. Before launching Evolve Treatment Centers, Mendi conceived and built, from the ground up, successful, high-end adolescent residential and outpatient programs in Los Angeles. With his newest venture, Evolve Treatment Centers, Mendi instills a rare blend of energy, creativity, and experience to the treatment of teens and young adults struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
Mendi’s natural ability to communicate with adolescents, parents, and professionals makes him a sought after speaker at national mental and behavioral health conferences, public and private schools, as well as business and corporate events. He recently appeared as a teen treatment expert on The Dr. Phil Show and will continue to make regular appearances in this capacity. Mendi blogs for Psychology Today and has contributed to USA Today, Keys to Recovery, In Recovery Magazine, Paradigm, Step 12 Magazine, The Sober World and Valley Scene Magazine. He has been featured in Mishpacha magazine, The Jewish Press, cited in the Asbury Park Press, and TheWrap.com, and has been a featured guest on national, local, and syndicated radio programs across the country. Mendi earned a BA with honors in psychology and social work at The University of Maryland and an MSW at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. The son of a Rabbi, eldest of 11 children, he is a part-time rock musician, cantor, and father of two.
Portland Bates, MPA, of Millennial Innovation Network is a social justice advocate who has dedicated his life to fighting for underserved communities and mentoring youth. His experience includes working as a teacher’s aide, group home counselor, community outreach in the non-profit sector and policy advisor for a San Diego County Supervisor. Portland earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University San Marcos. Following undergrad he was awarded a graduate fellowship through the prestigious National Urban Fellows Program based out of New York City. As a National Urban fellow, Portland earned his master in public administration from City University New York, Bernard M. Baruch College.
Bates started Millennial Innovation Network to fill a void that is left in the lives of so many of our children and young adults for positive role models. As an athlete, youth coach, and educator he uses athletics as a vehicle to spark positive change in his community. Millennial Innovation Network is a comprehensive sports therapy network that believes in building up the mind as well as the body. The programs teach children how to deal with the everyday struggles they encounter and offers proven researched methods for overcoming those challenges. As a young person, Portland benefited from programs like these that provided the foundation for who he is today. It is his mission as a social justice warrior to help mold the minds of tomorrow and use his life experiences for their benefit.