"El Saber Es Poder"

"El Saber Es Poder" Foundation empowers individuals suffering from mental illness, homelessness, addiction and poverty by providing programs to better educate, inform and improve physical and mental health.


Mia Rosales St.John is a first generation born Latina in America. Her mother, Maria Elena Socorro Rosales, who was born and raised in the beautiful state of Zacatecas, Mexico, is on the board of directors. Maria raised her three children in America and always stressed the importance of education. Maria's favorite saying has always been "knowledge is power." All three of her children hold college degrees.

St.John says "I was put in this position of fame to enable me to help further the position of my people and to be an inspiration and a role model to Latinos everywhere. I want them to know that with education, unity, and believing in ourselves we can overcome any obstacle placed in front of us."

In November of 2008, El Saber Es Poder and Micron donated 30 computers, electricity and internet to Barrio de La Cantera in Zacatecas, Mexico. Mia was also presented with an award from Governor Amalia Garcia, for her role in sports and humanatarianism. The World Boxing Council also presented her with the 2008 "WBC Goodwill Ambassador" Award.

In March of 2010, El Saber Es Poder along with Lou Pizzaro of the hit TV show "Operation Repo" and producer Randy Martinez, produced a PSA in Spanish to raise awareness of mental illness in our inner city youth. It is our hope that by increasing awareness we can decrease the numbers in our correctional system.

In November of 2010, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano joined Mia and LA Laker Ron Artest for an official mental health and suicide prevention training at Napolitano’s district office in Santa Fe Springs. Artest and St. John have joined Napolitano to promote the Mental Health in Schools Act, legislation she authored which would increase federal funding for mental health therapists in schools.

As well as Congress, Mia speaks in schools and juvenile halls on the importance of education and overcoming hardship. She speaks of her own battles with mental illness, addiction, poverty and overcoming it all, to become a five time international and world boxing champion.


On November 23, 2014 Mia's son Julian, passed away at the age of 24. He was a talented artist battling Schizophrenia and addiction. His art was displayed at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art and Air Laguna in Laguna Beach, California. His art studio, "Stone Art" in Palm Springs, California, is now a free center for young adults suffering from mental illness, including homelessness and addiction. Classes include art, boxing, yoga and meditation. Our boxing program also takes place at Step Up on Second in Santa Monica, California.

El Saber Es Poder is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. All donations are tax deductible.