Our Story

Be Ready to Grow was born in 2020 right after COVID-19 arrived. Our founders, Angelica Zapata and Benjamin Alonso, realized the urgent need in the Latinx community to access culturally relevant training and coaching programs that help them navigate and overcome not only the challenges of the pandemic but the continuing social inequities and personal stressors people were going through.

In 2021, Be Ready To Grow began to partner with community based organizations and wellness providers that wanted to support the mental, physical and emotional health of the community using mindfulness practices that are trauma- sensitive and meaningful to their specific needs.

In 2022, we decided to open our mindfulness offerings to the public through the creation of Grow Academy in order to expand our reach to the Spanish speaking community in the US and LatinAmerica.

Our Mission

Our mission is to facilitate the awakening of the collective consciousness by creating and sharing mindfulness-based education programs that support people’s mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Our Founders

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Benjamin Alonso

Co-founder & Director of Operations

With a rich and diverse background, Benjamin is Be Ready To Grow’s Co-founder and Operations Manager. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and is committed to driving success for our organization through strategic planning, developing high quality programs, and delivering transformational outcomes for our partners and families. 

Benjamin also has a passion for the arts. At Hispanic Arts Theatre (HAT), he has played a pivotal role in shaping the direction of this non-profit organization, serving as a bridge between the board and the staff. Beyond the world of arts and culture, he is the head of Sudaca Futbol Club, an organization that has evolved from its South American roots into a truly international force, comprising four diverse and expanding teams. 

Practicing mindfulness meditation has made a difference in his life, therefore, he wants to continue expanding and growing his practice. His goal is to become a facilitator in the near future.

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Angelica Zapata

Co-founder & Director of Business Development

Angelica is Ready To Grow’s Co-founder and Director of Business Development. She is a first-generation immigrant and a former military spouse who has gone through many relocations, career transitions, and heartbreaks that have equipped her with the resilience needed to embrace change. She believes that transcending the pain of life changing events with mindful self-compassion is the portal to insight, a true opportunity for growth and transformation.

Angelica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Marketing from Walden University. She is a mission-driven professional with extensive experience in business development, strategic partnerships, outreach and recruitment. She is passionate about supporting the engagement and growth of employees and organizations while making a positive impact in the community.

In 2020 Angelica got formally trained in Mindfulness at the University of Washington where she also worked as an Outreach Specialist, leading the adaptation and implementation of mindfulness programs for Early Learning Providers. The practice of mindful self-compassion has transformed Angelica’s life. Therefore, she is committed to share this powerful tool with the world. She strives to show up with love for herself and for others while trying to sustainably blend her career, her family and her hobbies. Some of them are: reading, journaling, cooking, and traveling.

Attain peace of mind and move toward a greater level of health and well-being

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