Jul 16, 2019

We are back in the carceral system

carceral : of, relating to, or suggesting a jail or prison.

At the beginning of this campagin, we had to put our carceral system programming on hold due to lack of funding.  We are elated and honored and grateful to announce that as of June 2019, we have restarted our programming and have been able to impact 100+ individuals in just 2 short months.  We feel blessed to have a community of supporters who believe in our work, stay connected with what we are doing and support us via financially, with their time and with helping spread the word.  The work now is to continue to make this program sustainable.  Below are a few quote from our students in Jacksonville, Florida after taking a Y4C yoga class inside the Community Transition Center (CTC):

"Yoga helped me with my fear of trying new things and getting out of my comfort zone."

"I've learned to take time to breathe and let my body rest, also my mind."

"Yoga is incredibly freeing. I will never forget this feeling. Yoga has changed me."

 

Thank You again for your support,

The Y4C Team

Apr 17, 2019

Over Half way there!

Thank You all for your time, your support, your financial contribution and your belief in our organization.  We have secured $6,510 through the Global GIving fundraiser and are truly grateful for each of you.  An update on our correctional programming as follows.  Based on the funds raised we have had the ability to get the ball rolling to restart up our trauma informed yoga classes for the Incarcerated population in Jacksonville.  Our goal is to be back in th facilites as soon as possible and we are working hard on our end to put this work in place.  Our research with Boston University has proven a significant increase in mood and post traumatic growth, as well as a significant decrease in blood pressure, stress and anxiety.  The exact results of this research, performed in the Jacksonville correctional facilites in 2018, will be released by mid year 2019.  So soon!

Since our inception in 2014, Y4C has positively impacted 20,000+ individuals per year.  Our goal is to increase this number by sustaining current facilities and growing into other facilities in Florida.  Please know that every dollar you have donated is used towards creating healthier, safer communities.  We are honored to have you as part of our team!

Thank You!

Jan 25, 2019

First Report

Hi Everyone!

Happy New Year!  We are truly grateful for all the support, thus far.  Together, we raised a total of $5,172 to defray the cost of running our correctional programming through 2019. We have been running programming in 2018 funded by a grant that has come to an end.

It costs our organization $57k a year to offer 8 classes per week, 50 weeks per year in 3 different correctional facilities in Jacksonville, FL. We are actively attempting to raise the rest of the $52k needed to sustain. Currently, we have completed our research evaluation of our correctional programming and those results will be released to the larger community by June 1, 2019. In the meantime, we have had to pause our programming to focus on fundraising, and hope when we re-start inside the correctional instituations we will not have to stop programming for the forseable future. 

Want to hear more about the real life impact yoga on the inside has done? Here is a link to the story of one of our teachers, who was once a student! 

https://www.y4c.org/news/2017/12/6/how-do-you-move-toward-your-freedom

Thank You!

 Kathryn Thomas

Executive Director

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