Yoga For Youth
Yoga for Youth is a non-profit, non-denominational program that provides urban youth with tools for self-discovery that foster hope, discipline and respect for one’s self and one’s community.
The future of this country is being shaped by the development of our youth. Yet:
* Every day… 2,833 children drop out of school
* Every day… 135,000 children carry a gun to school
* Every year… $7 billion are spent to incarcerate young offenders
* Every year… school dropouts cost taxpayers $71 billion
* With youth accounting for 18 percent of all violent crime in the U.S.
* As well as 33 percent of all serious property crime.
In a national study generated by the National Endowment for the Arts, three cities (San Antonio, TX., Atlanta GA, and Portland, Or.) have rigorously evaluated their arts programs for at-risk youth and found that these programs decrease involvement in delinquent behavior, increase academic achievement and improve youth’s attitudes about themselves and their future.
National studies also show repeatedly that a regular practice of Yoga and Meditation reduces hypertension, lowers blood pressure, and releases endorphins in the brain that heighten a sense of calmness and produce feelings of well being.
Yoga for Youth has created a dynamic environment for addressing many of the social and behavioral problems confronting these youths. We believe Arts and Yoga for Youth can have a dynamic impact on the lives of its participants and offer an effective and affordable alternative to detention and police-centered crime prevention.
- May, 2009
- Tawang, India
Founded by Lama Thupten Phuntsok, a Tibetan Monk, the orphanage now houses 141 children and is growing. His goal is to be able to care for a total of 250 children…
Ramana’s Garden project
- March, 2009
Ramana’s Garden is a school filled with students who come from families that otherwise could not afford to provide them with a good education…