Teach Meditation to 25 Low-Income Urban Students

by The David Lynch Foundation


Children face indescribable daily stress in this country of social unrest and violence, where safety cannot always be found in school or at home. Quiet Time uses the practical, evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique to reduce stress and dramatically improve academic performance, student wellness, and the school environment. The program brings two 15-minute meditation periods into the school day for urban middle and high school students at underserved schools across the country.
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In low-income urban schools, traumatic stress is a reality for millions of children who grow up in an oppressive climate of poverty, violence, and fear. This stress impedes learning and undermines physical and mental health: 25% of teenagers suffer from anxiety disorders, 6.5 million children struggle with disabilities that impair their ability to learn, and nearly 3 million children receive medication for ADHD.


The Quiet Time program is a practical, evidence-based approach to reduce stress and dramatically improve academic performance, student wellness, and the school environment. Quiet Time provides students with two 15-minute periods of Transcendental Meditation each day to help balance their lives and improve their readiness to learn. To ensure long-term success, the Quiet Time staff also provide extensive coaching for all teachers and individualized follow-up support for all students at the school.

Long-Term Impact

Schools with Quiet Time programs have shown a 10% improvement in test scores, a narrowing of the achievement gap, and greater happiness, focus, and self-confidence. We've seen an 86% reduction in suspensions and a 65% decrease in violent conflict over two years as well as a 40% reduction in psychological distress, including stress, anxiety, and depression. With better education comes myriad social benefits, such as crime reduction, a better-educated workforce, and empathetic future leaders.


Quiet Time at Aspire Ollin Preparatory Academy
TM at Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program
Quiet Time at Ideal Academy
Relieving Traumatic Stress at New Horizons School

Organization Information

The David Lynch Foundation

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.davidlynchfoundation.org
Project Leader:
Anna Langdell
Director of Individual Giving
New York, New York United States
$535 raised of $10,000 goal
11 donations
$9,465 to go
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