Teach meditation to 20 high-risk unemployed youth

$10,100 $0
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Together, the David Lynch Foundation and The HOPE Program will provide youth facing significant employment barriers, such as criminal backgrounds, histories of substance abuse and lack of education, with instruction and support in the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique - a highly effective tool for self-regulation and self-development. The impact will be greater focus, stronger motivation and long-lasting career success.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Many clients at The HOPE Program have had to cope with homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, or other traumatic events in their lives, making long-term employment and job retention difficult. These individuals face unemployment rates up to 20% higher than the general population. The HOPE Program empowers clients to achieve economic self-sufficiency through employment and advancement by blending vocational, educational, and social services.

How will this project solve this problem?

By integrating TM instruction into existing services, we will give clients a life-long tool to help overcome stress; allowing individuals to succeed in careers while living healthier and happier lives. Research suggests that TM reduces depression and anxiety by 50%, insomnia by 42% and is 2x as effective at reducing substance abuse as other conventional approaches. With TM, these clients can find relief from the shadow of the terrible experiences they endured and regain control of their lives.

Potential Long Term Impact

Since 1984, The HOPE Program has equipped participants with the skills they needed to find, keep, and advance in jobs. Over the years, HOPE has studied its clients' profiles and employment barriers and has used its findings to create an effective program that addresses all the social, familial, and psychological causes of their unemployment and homelessness. By incorporating TM into HOPE's training programs, we will provide clients with a life-long tool for managing stress and self-regulation.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $10,100

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $10,100 .  The original project funding goal was $10,000.



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Teach meditation to at-risk youth around the globe
At-risk youth suffer from epidemic levels of chronic stress - fueling violence, crime and soaring health costs and compromising the effectiveness of education, health, rehabilitation, and vocational programs. Transcendental Meditation can help these children alleviate stress and find strength, confidence, and intelligence within. In peer-reviewed research, children who meditate using TM show reduced levels of depression and violence, as well as higher graduation rates and academic test scores project reportread updates from the field

Project Leader

Andrea Gorzell Hickey

New York, New York United States

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