Teach meditation to 25 at-risk girls

A microproject by The David Lynch Foundation Vetted since 2013


The David Lynch Foundation has partnered for several years with the New Village Charter High School - an all-girls school that welcomes teens from all backgrounds and experiences - to deliver twice-daily Quiet Time sessions to girls in need. These Transcendental Meditation-based Quiet Time sessions have been shown to to reduce stress, improve wellbeing and significantly increase test scores and graduation rates. DLF now seeks to expand the program, bringing TM to 25 more girls in need.

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Our young girls who live in urban environments are confronted with enormous pressure to perform academically, while coping with difficulties at home and in their neighborhoods. In communities where violence and crime are often the norm, many of today's young women suffer from stress and anxiety that can trigger numerous health, emotional and cognitive issues.


The David Lynch Foundation will expand the Quiet Time Program at the New Village Charter High School, offering TM to even more of the student population. This will allow students to find relief from stress and anxiety and achieve higher test scores, resulting in better graduation rates.

Long-Term Impact

Research indicates that Transcendental Meditation (TM) is of significant value for students. Key findings including 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.


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New Village Charter School
DLF's work with schools around the world
DLF's work with the New York Family Justice Center

Organization Information

The David Lynch Foundation

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.davidlynchfoundation.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @LynchFoundation
Project Leader:
Andrea Gorzell Hickey
New York, New York United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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