Interview with Changa Bell, Black Male Yoga Initiative (BMYI)

Changa Bell’s Black Male Yoga Initiative (BMYI) promotes holistic education and supports and engages men and boys of color to live healthy lives using yoga and mindfulness. As the BMYI Program Manager, Baltimore Corps Fellow Kara Parker has played an integral role in the expansion of BMYI’s programming. Read more about Changa partnering with Baltimore Corps to host a Fellow and how it has helped him.

Changa Bell, Black Male Yoga Initiative (BMYI)

Changa Bell, Black Male Yoga Initiative (BMYI)


Why did you choose to partner with Baltimore Corps?

I chose Baltimore Corps because Fagan Harris is a reputable genius amongst BME Geniuses. We are both BME Geniuses, and once I began investigating Baltimore Corps, I really liked the organization, and thought it’d be a great fit for us. Also, the vetting process was so helpful; I appreciated having the opportunity to choose one great candidate out of a pool of talented creative people.

(L to R) : BMYI’s Changa Bell, Baltimore Corps Fellow & Program Manager Kara Parker, Morgan State University School of Global Journalism & Communications Communication Intern   Mesha McDonald

(L to R) : BMYI’s Changa Bell, Baltimore Corps Fellow & Program Manager Kara Parker, Morgan State University School of Global Journalism & Communications Communication Intern Mesha McDonald

How has having a Fellow made your work better?

Kara being here has allowed me to scale up. She does a LOT, and her presence has allowed me to hire two other people because she is multifaceted with a cross section of skills. She is forging relationships with Baltimore’s community and foundations. She has written a few of our grants, and she asks a ton of questions. A lot of great things have come from me asking her questions, which is great because she has no fear or intimidation -- she just leans into being curious.

Changa Bell, Black Male Yoga Initiative (BMYI)

Changa Bell, Black Male Yoga Initiative (BMYI)

Why does Baltimore need Baltimore Corps?

I don’t know anyone else trying to sustain the work of social entrepreneurs like Baltimore Corps. This organization vets great people for organizations, and that’s very valuable!

Learn more about Changa and the BMYI on Good Morning America and in People Magazine.