The David Lynch Foundation has worked tirelessly throughout the world in the past year to bring TM to at-risk youth. One example you helped fund is as follows: The Dhammajarinee Witthaya School in Ratchaburi province in Thailand is a private charitable boarding school for girls administered by Thai Buddhist nuns. The school bases its educational philosophy on Buddhist philosophy, practices and ethics. The school’s student population is made up of young women who are orphaned, low income, or facing family difficulties. The school seeks to provide them with equal access to education to develop their full potential.
Since 2008, through a partnership with DLF, the Dhammajarinee Witthaya School has brought TM to 750 students and 50 staff members. DLF also provided funds to construction a new classroom building with 15 classrooms and two offices.
One of the school’s teachers spoke about TM’s effects on a student who had been expelled from several other schools. “She was so big and combative that even the teachers were afraid of her. After she learned TM, she started helping the other students and made it her job to sweep the floor for the younger girls to sit on when they meditate. And just today she won the first prize in singing for the whole province! She said she meditated before the competition.”This is not the only girl who made a radical transformation. The teachers said that girls often begin the TM program in a combative and aggressive mode and come out of it very different. “The students become more calm and settled. Their aggressive behavior decreases. Their grades go up. They pay more attention to whatever we teach them. When they have inner happiness, they soak up whatever knowledge we give, unlike before. Because of their TM practice, the school is doing better and better.” The teachers at the school also benefit from learning TM, enjoying greater energy and better focus. One teacher found relief from chronic headaches.
“The Quiet Time Program is the most powerful, effective program I’ve come across in my 40 years as a public school educator. It is nourishing these children and providing them an immensely valuable tool for life. It is saving lives.”
—James S. Dierke, Executive Vice President, American Federation of School Administrators
Thank you for your support of the David Lynch Foundation’s at-risk youth outreach!
The David Lynch Foundation has taught an estimated 400 at-risk youth from across the country and abroad Transcendental Meditation – a cost-effective, non-religious technique for reducing stress and enhancing intelligence and creativity.
DLF has implemented the Quiet Time Program, which provides Transcendental Meditation to the LA student body. The David Lynch Foundation partnered 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.
This past year was the second one for DLF partnering with Aspire Ollin University Preparatory Academy, a charter school located in Los Angeles County. Aspire Ollin currently houses 500 students grades 7 - 9 with annual growth plans to reach grades 7 - 12 over the next three school years. Through providing Transcendental Meditation (TM) to its students, the Foundation aims to enhance and sustain high academic achievement and develops greater emotional intelligence and coping ability within its student body.
DLF has also endeavored to teach TM to the entire student population at Brooklyn Urban Garden School (New York, NY), a new public charter middle school with a mission to prepare students for success through a focus on environmental sustainability. Incorporating meditation practice into students’ daily classroom curriculum will foster greater emotional intelligence and cognitive development, creating a sustainable inner environment for each individual.
Research indicates that Transcendental Meditation (TM) is of significant value for students. Key findings include a 10% improvement in academic achievement; 40% reduction in symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression; and, 86% decrease in suspension rates over two years. Meditating students also score higher on intelligence tests and standardized academic tests and exhibit higher graduation rates as compared to non-meditating students.
ON THE HORIZON…
We hope you will consider continuing your support of our work with youth across the country. We are pleased to announce that the Quiet Time program are implemented in the following schools for the remainder of the 2013-14 academic year, and you can also give to our Quiet Time program as a whole:
Again, THANK YOU.
This is all made possible because of the generosity of people like you.
If you would like more information on this partnership or any of our other outreach initiatives, please feel free to contact the Development Office at 866-962-0108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate of Institutional Giving and Stewardship
The David Lynch Foundation
(212) 644-9880 ext. 232 Katie@davidlynchfoundation.org
“Since learning to meditate, I’m better at getting my work done in school and I’ve been doing good at home with less arguing with my family.”
- Diamond X., New Horizons School Student
Since we last reported on our Global Giving site in October, the David Lynch Foundation taught Diamond and 4,615 other at-risk youth from across the country and abroad Transcendental Meditation – a cost-effective, non-religious technique for reducing stress and enhancing intelligence and creativity.
The David Lynch Foundation worked in partnership with the following schools and organizations to reach the more than 4,600 young people that learned to meditate through the support of generous individuals like you:
Additionally, your donations have also supported students at Dhammajarinee Witthaya School, a Thailand School for Girls, Afesip International Project, a Cambodian all girls school, and more than 80 schools throughout Oaxacha, Mexico.
Of the young people described above living in the U.S., approximately:
“The most important change I’ve noticed since learning to meditate is that I don’t blow up anymore – and when I do, it takes a long time instead of seconds.”
- Dianara X., New Horizons School Student
Students like Diamond, Dianara, and many others were able learn Transcendental Meditation, a proven stress-reducing modality, because of the generosity of people like you.
Thank you for your support and interest in the David Lynch Foundation's youth outreach.
If you would like more information on these or our other programs, please feel free to contact:
Andrea Gorzell Hickey
Development Manager for
The David Lynch Foundation
(212) 644-9880 ext. 227 or email@example.com
- Dianara X., New Horizons School Student
While the summer is typically the time of year when DLF gears up for the upcoming school year, we have continued our youth outreach. Since our last report in June, the David Lynch Foundation has taught an estimated 309 at-risk youth from across the country and abroad Transcendental Meditation – a cost-effective, non-religious technique for reducing stress and enhancing intelligence and creativity.
The David Lynch Foundation worked in partnership with the following schools and organizations to reach the more than 300 young people that learned to meditate through the support of generous individuals like you:
Of the young people described above, approximately:
These young people were able learn Transcendental Meditation, a proven stress-reducing modality, because of the generosity of people like you.
We hope you will consider continuing your support of our work with youth across the country. In addition to the schools listed above, we are pleased to announce that the Quiet Time program will be implemented in the following schools for the 2013-14 academic year:
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