Mentor Coach

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Tanesha “Tea” Ingram

Tea believes that “learning can happen anywhere and teaching can come from anyone.” She was raised in the South Bronx and descends from a large family of creative and talented beings. Her hobbies include writing poetry, volunteering and building with YOUTH.

By the age of 19, Tea was one of four youth co- founders of, Bronx PRYDE (Promoting, Revolutionary Youth Development & Empowerment), hosted at The Bronx Defenders. Bronx PRYDE focused on training youth in the community to be community organizers and group facilitators. Her work at the Bronx Defenders deepened her passion for working with youth and refined her community organizing skills; she has now been working with nonprofits for more than 11 years.

Tea specializes in community engagement, curriculum development and training. She prides herself on designing unique and interactive, experiences that effectively support the individuals, organizations and projects she partners with. Tea enjoys building and training with educators, service providers, community organizers, state officials and YOUTH. Her engagement styles include panel presentations, lectures, group discussions, workshops and art based events.

A variety of consulting opportunities and work experience has allowed Tea to work with some of the most vulnerable populations in New York State including teen parents, homeless youth, families in public housing, court involved youth, boys living in single parent households, children with special needs and youth that identify as Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer ( LGBTQ). She’s had countless opportunities to participate in a myriad of trainings and certificate programs hosted by New York City agencies and educational institutions. Some of her certifications include Mental Health First Aid, Non Profit Management, Conflict Resolution and Public Speaking. She has also had a host of informal trainings from mentors and colleagues.


  • 2004 Public Allies Alum
  • 2005 Union Square Award Recipient
  • 2007 Hoffman Institute Scholarship Recipient
  • 2012 Youth Justice Leadership Institute Graduate
  • 2012 Nonprofit Management Certification
  • 2015 Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness Scholarship Recipient *2015 Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness
  • Scholarship Recipient *2016 NYCHA LGBTQ Employee Association Honoree

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