Give Teens the gift of INNER STRENGTH for OUTER STABILITY
Join our campaign to bring the tools of mindful awareness, compassion building & systemic, developmental thinking to inner city High School students.
Inner city teenagers are pushing uphill to success: they are striving to excel in academics in under-resourced schools, reaching to gain admittance into quality colleges, and struggling to secure rewarding employment in urban economies that under promise and under deliver.
These bright and aspiring teens reach to realize their higher potentials under the weight of systemic poverty, and more often than not, under exposure to numbing violence and other types of trauma. Studies show that evidence-based mindful reflection, empowerment education, and social-emotional tools can significantly help them stay on track and realize their goals.
Our students who practice mindful awareness and developmental thinking show greater self-regulation on objective research measures. These kids learn to lower their levels of stress and anxiety, supporting positive brain functioning and problem solving.
They develop compassion towards themselves and others, improving classroom culture and learning capabilities.
With these tools, teens can liberate their own higher potentials.
They live more fulfilled lives and contribute more to their own communities.
Our goal is to reach all high school students in Philadelphia and measure the amount of change this can bring.
Of course, we won’t be able to do this overnight. And measuring change is a long term commitment. But we are moving fast and with your help we can move even faster. In the last 4 years, we have trained over 5000 students.
The students in the first classrooms are now in their third year of college. They have told me the mindful awareness and systemic thinking they learned then is helping them navigate everything from student loans to oral exams, from speed dating to conscious citizenship.
Michael told me he relies on his practice now more than ever . . . 4 years after his training with no additional interventions in between.
That’s more than promising!
We are dedicated to continue to provide sophisticated and exceptional mindful awareness and developmental thinking tools to high school students.
Our instructors receive ongoing professional development training throughout the year, learning more about the adolescent brain, about trauma-informed education, about racial literacy and how to diffuse racial stress.
They continue to learn how to inspire youth to contemplate cultural and human evolution, to consider leading neuroscience discoveries about the nature of human consciousness, and to reflect on how technology may not just be changing how we do things but it might be changing our very brains!
These are questions our kids should be considering, as they learn to function in an increasingly complex world.
With your help, we can get even closer to our mission of supporting every high school student in Philadelphia with tools they can use the rest of their lives.
We believe that if we release the creative potential of all of our kids, we’ll be able to create a world we would all love to live in.
Let’s see what’s possible!
Please donate today!
Our goal is to reach 2000 teens this year
$79 covers the cost for one student
Your donation, of any size, is deeply appreciated
Thank you for your support!
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* Inner Strength is a proud program partner of our fiscal sponor Urban Affairs Coalition. Your donation will go to Inner Strength programs only.