Teach Meditation to 50 At-Risk LA Youth

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The David Lynch Foundation is partnering with Frederick Douglass Academy, a charter school located in South LA. The Academy aims to bring academic success to this underserved, predominately African-American district through rigorous college-prep curriculum and mandated parent involvement. DLF will help prepare students for academic and social success on the road toward higher education by providing meditation instruction, which fosters greater emotional intelligence and cognitive development.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Students face a tremendous amount of stress and violence in their environment due to economic hardships and broken homes that strain the learning process and hamper personal development. Additionally, the school faces the challenges of limited resources and overcrowding.

How will this project solve this problem?

DLF is implementing the Quiet Time Program, which provides Transcendental Meditation, to the Frederick Douglass Academy student body. TM is a practical tool that empowers students to release stress while, enlivening creativity and learning readiness. TM also helps alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety that can often trigger numerous health, emotional and cognitive issues. Together we endeavor to build student's self-esteem by fostering personal responsibility, accountablilty, and leadership.

Potential Long Term Impact

It is our goal to give as many young people as possible an easy and effective way to access the calm, intelligent, kind, and creative person that lies within each of them through meditation. Studies show that young people who have learned to meditate have reduced levels of stress, anxiety, depression, violence, and substance abuse. They score higher on standardized tests, achieve better GPA's, and exhibit higher graduation rates as compared to non-meditating students.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.



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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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