Teach meditation to at-risk youth around the globe

 
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May 13, 2014

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“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:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/quiet-time-program/

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 donations@davidlynchfoundation.org.

Best,

Katharine Tagarello

Associate of Institutional Giving and Stewardship

The David Lynch Foundation

(212) 644-9880 ext. 232 Katie@davidlynchfoundation.org

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Feb 10, 2014

You helped 4,615 at-risk youth learn to meditate!

Thank you for your support of the David Lynch Foundation’s at-risk youth outreach!

“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:

  • Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education – serving at-risk students throughout the San Francisco Unified School District including Phillip & Sal Burton Academic High School, John O’Connell High School of Technology, Visitacion Valley Middle School and Five Keys Charter School
  • Academia Semillas Del Pueblo – an Indigenous charter high school, Aspire Centennial College Preparatory Academy – one of California’s top-performing large, high-poverty schools, New Village Charter School – an all-girls public charter school, and Fredrick Douglass Middle School – all located in the Los Angeles area
  • Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse– a community-based public charter school, and the College for Creative Studies located in the city of Detroit
  • Brooklyn Urban Garden School (New York, NY) is 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.
  • New Horizons, (New Haven, CT) a transitional school for formerly incarcerated youth located in New Haven, Connecticut.  We taught the TM modality to all faculty members prior to the start of the school year, and we are currently in the midst of school-wide implementation.
  • Joliet Junior College and Christ our Savior Catholic School in Chicago
  • Ideal Academy Public Charter School – a family-centered, community-based elementary and middle school in Washington, DC.

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:

  • 42% self-identify as Hispanic or Latino,
  • 31% self-identify as Black or African American,
  • 12% self-identify as White or Caucasian,
  • 11% self-identify as Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander,
  • 3% self-identify as multi-ethnic or other,
  • 1% self-identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native,
  • 8% are diagnosed with a disability,
  • 23% have limited English language proficiency, and
  • 79% of students and their families live at or below the poverty line.

 

Again, THANK YOU. 

“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 andrea@davidlynchfoundation.org 

 

Feb 10, 2014

You helped 4,615 at-risk youth learn to meditate!

Thank you for your support of the David Lynch Foundation’s at-risk youth outreach!

“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:

  • Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education – serving at-risk students throughout the San Francisco Unified School District including Phillip & Sal Burton Academic High School, John O’Connell High School of Technology, Visitacion Valley Middle School and Five Keys Charter School
  • Academia Semillas Del Pueblo – an Indigenous charter high school, Aspire Centennial College Preparatory Academy – one of California’s top-performing large, high-poverty schools, New Village Charter School – an all-girls public charter school, and Fredrick Douglass Middle School – all located in the Los Angeles area
  • Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse– a community-based public charter school, and the College for Creative Studies located in the city of Detroit
  • Brooklyn Urban Garden School (New York, NY) is 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.
  • New Horizons, (New Haven, CT) a transitional school for formerly incarcerated youth located in New Haven, Connecticut.  We taught the TM modality to all faculty members prior to the start of the school year, and we are currently in the midst of school-wide implementation.
  • Joliet Junior College and Christ our Savior Catholic School in Chicago
  • Ideal Academy Public Charter School – a family-centered, community-based elementary and middle school in Washington, DC.

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:

  • 42% self-identify as Hispanic or Latino,
  • 31% self-identify as Black or African American,
  • 12% self-identify as White or Caucasian,
  • 11% self-identify as Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander,
  • 3% self-identify as multi-ethnic or other,
  • 1% self-identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native,
  • 8% are diagnosed with a disability,
  • 23% have limited English language proficiency, and
  • 79% of students and their families live at or below the poverty line.

Again, THANK YOU. 

“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 andrea@davidlynchfoundation.org 

 

Oct 24, 2013

DFL Quiet Time Schools begin a new school year!

Thank you for your support of the David Lynch Foundation’s at-risk youth outreach!

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:

  • Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education – serving at-risk students throughout the San Francisco Unified School District
  • Academia Semillas Del Pueblo – an Indigenous charter high school, Aspire Centennial College Preparatory Academy – one of California’s top-performing large, high-poverty schools, New Village Charter School – an all-girls public charter school, Fredrick Douglass Middle School and Children of the Night – a non-profit organization that shelters and rehabilitates youth rescued from child prostitution – all located in the Los Angeles area
  • Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse– a community-based public charter school, and the College for Creative Studies located in the city of Detroit
  • Christ our Savior Catholic School in Chicago
  • Ideal Academy Public Charter School – a family-centered, community-based elementary and middle school in Washington, DC.

Of the young people described above, approximately:

  • 48% self-identify as Black or African American,
  • 36% self-identify as Hispanic or Latino,
  • 6% self-identify as Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander,
  • 5% self-identify as White or Caucasian,
  • 5% self-identify as multi-ethnic or other,
  • 7% are diagnosed with a disability,
  • 29% have limited English language proficiency, and
  • 71% of students and their families live at or below the poverty line.

Again, THANK YOU. 

These young people were able learn Transcendental Meditation, a proven stress-reducing modality, because of the generosity of people like you. 

ON THE HORIZON…

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:

  • The Ivymount School, (Rockville, MD) a nationally recognized school for children with learning and developmental challenges. The David Lynch Foundation is providing funding for 30 children to learn to meditate as a part of a research study exploring the use of meditation to mitigate the symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The investigation will begin in early spring 2014.
  • New Horizons, (New Haven, CT) a transitional school for formerly incarcerated youth located in New Haven, Connecticut.  We taught the TM modality to all faculty members prior to the start of the school year, and we are currently in the midst of school-wide implementation.
  • Christian Fenger Academy High School (Chicago, IL) a four-year public high school located in the Roseland neighborhood on the far south side of Chicago. Christian Fenger is in the midst of a transformative change. Through the innovative implementation of social emotional supports, best practices and expectations of excellence, the principal, faculty, and parents have brought about tremendous change in their school over the past two years. Quiet Time will complement this changing environment tremendously and it is our hope and expectation that integrating meditation into the school day will give the school the infrastructure it needs to keep this forward momentum going.
  • Brooklyn Urban Garden School (New York, NY) is 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.

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 
Manager of Institutional Giving for 
The David Lynch Foundation 
(212) 644-9880 ext. 209 or andrea@davidlynchfoundation.org 
Jun 13, 2013

Thank you for your support of the David Lynch Foundation's at-risk youth outreach!

“Quiet Time has helped me a lot because I relax more, I do my homework better, my grades have improved a lot, and I don’t really fight with anyone any more, not even my sister…And I laugh more. I feel better. Way better.”

-           Student, San Francisco Unified School District

Thank you for your support of the David Lynch Foundation’s at-risk youth outreach!

Since the beginning of 2013, the David Lynch Foundation has taught an estimated 1,347 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.

All of us at the David Lynch Foundation are thrilled that we had the necessary resources to teach 1,347 young people this invaluable tool, which according to a new study, published in the June 2013 issue of the journal Education (Vol. 133, No. 4), found that meditating students were less likely to dropout of school or enter prison and more likely to be accepted to post-secondary institutions.

Of the 1,347 young people that learned to meditate through the support of the David Lynch Foundation and generous individuals like you…

  • 800 came to us through the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUFD).  Participating schools include Visitacion Valley Middle School, the Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School, and John O’Connell High School.
  • 240 were from the Los Angeles area, including Academia Semillas Del Pueblo – an Indigenous charter high school, Aspire Centennial College Preparatory Academy – one of California’s top-performing large, high-poverty schools, New Village Charter School – an all-girls public charter school, and Children of the Night – a non-profit organization that shelters and rehabilitates youth rescued from child prostitution.
  • 85 were young cadets from Norwich University – a military college located in Northfield, Vermont.
  • 60 were from the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit – a community-based public charter school.
  • 60 were from Joliet Junior College and Christ our Savior Catholic School in Illinois.
  • 50 were from Ideal Academy Public Charter School – a family-centered, community-based elementary and middle school in Washington, DC.
  • 20 were from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
  • 32 were taught at the Somali Mam Foundation – a nonprofit organization that houses and rehabilitates young women rescued from human trafficking in Cambodia.

Of the young people described above, approximately:

  • 51% self-identify as White or Caucasian,
  • 18% self-identify as Hispanic or Latino,
  • 18% self-identify as Black or African American,
  • 8% self-identify as multi-ethnic or other,
  • 4% self-identify as Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander,
  • 1% self-identify as American Indian or Alaska Native,
  • 12% are diagnosed with a disability,
  • 41% have limited English language proficiency, and
  • 77% of students and their families live at or below the poverty line.

Again, THANK YOU. 

These young people were able learn Transcendental Meditation, a proven stress-reducing modality, because of the generosity of people like you. 

ON THE HORIZON…

We hope you will consider continuing your support of our work with youth across the country.  As we enter the second half of 2013, we plan to continue our work with the schools and organizations mentioned above, as well as partner with other youth service organizations such as:

  • The Ivymount School, a nationally recognized school for children with learning and developmental challenges.  The David Lynch Foundation has provided funding for 30 children to learn to meditate as a part of a research study exploring the use of meditation to mitigate the symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • New Horizons, a transitional school for formerly incarcerated youth located in New Haven, Connecticut.  We have taught the TM modality to 18 faculty members so far this year to prepare for school-wide implementation this fall.
  • The Brooklyn Family Justice Center, a public-private partnership initiative of the NYC Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence that helps guide domestic violence victims to a life free of violence.  We have just begun courses this month, with plans to teach a total of 70 staff members, women and their children by the end of 2013. 

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
Manager of Institutional Giving for
The David Lynch Foundation
(212) 644-9880 ext. 209 or andrea@davidlynchfoundation.org

Links:

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