Meet the Founders
Danielle is a Bajan American, Brooklyn (E.N.Y) native, who is an author, entrepreneur, and teacher of 6th Grade Science & Urban Gardening in the Bronx. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and her Master’s degree in Childhood Education. Growing up in a community and encountering many students during her adult teaching, who have struggled or fallen through the cracks with many tools they could have learned in Elementary to High School has driven her love for aiding and developing children. These encounters, as well as noticing the lack of empathy and socio-emotional learning in children from their home and school environments has motivated her to want to teach and provide students with the tools they need in the future.
Her mission is to make the connection between everything children learn and how it applies to the real world. Danielle combined her passions for urban gardening, mindfulness, and empowering the youth to create MSYMP, The Mindfulness & S.T.E.A.M Youth Mentorship Program (MSYMP) whose programs are dedicated to assisting youths in expanding their growth and understanding of self and their communities. She brings her stories to life in and outside of the classroom.
She is a partner of the I Am A Mini Entrepreneur series/brand and Lead of the new sister series/brand of Ms. Belladonna’s Lab. Her character Ms. Belladonna who was featured in the I Am A Mini Entrepreneur series is the main character and head of her very own series and brand, Ms. Belladonna’s Lab, which follows the life of the spunky science teacher we all know and love.
She is also the proud owner of Anything4jc, a business that is dear to her heart and family, which will soon make its debut in the coming months.
Tori Ellis is a New York native, a certified life coach, business coach, author, and entrepreneur. From a young age, she watched her family aid and empower many members of the youth in the community, and decided to build from that legacy to create a lane of her own. She acquired her Master’s Degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and her PsyD. in Human and Organizational Psychology. Being a “millennial” in today’s society, she strives to give her peers and the generations under her the tools they need to be great members of society with her focus on wellness, positive psychology, and of course entrepreneurship. These concepts were first debuted in her first book The Sound of Business: Seeing Entrepreneurship through Hip Hop.
With her love and passion for children, she created the I Am A Mini Entrepreneur series/ brand to bring great stories that can teach and empower children around the world to always follow their passion and be their best selves. Through an expansion of the brand, the new sister series/brand of Ms. Belladonna’s Lab was created and elevated to a new form outside of just books.
Alongside her business partner, Danielle Corbin, Tori co-founded MSYMP to bring urban gardening, mindfulness, and aquaponics to many children and organizations.
Who we Are
The Mindfulness and STEAM Lab was created and dedicated to offering youth mentorship programs and assisting youths in expanding their growth and understanding of self and their communities. Our curriculum focuses on Urban Gardening and Social-Emotional Learning, with a small focus on veterinarian medicine. We introduce youth to different courses based on the art of meditation, hydroponics/aeroponics, aquaponics, and animal comparisons, all while growing and learning new vocabulary. They will discover innovative ways to grow and harvest their vegetables and Social-Emotional Learning Skills. Our mini entrepreneurs, farmers, agriculturists, artists, veterinarians, and mathematicians will have ongoing opportunities to contribute to their communities and explore career options actively.
Our Mission Statement
At The Mindfulness and STEAM Lab, we aim to plant seeds of self-esteem, mindfulness, and STEAM into children. We want to provide them with the nutrients (resources) to help them blossom, grow, and create a legacy of their own
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