Teach meditation to at-risk youth around the globe

by The David Lynch Foundation


At-risk youth suffer from epidemic levels of chronic stress - fueling violence, crime and soaring health costs and compromising the effectiveness of education, health, rehabilitation, and vocational programs. Transcendental Meditation can help these children alleviate stress and find strength, confidence, and intelligence within. In peer-reviewed research, children who meditate using TM show reduced levels of depression and violence, as well as higher graduation rates and academic test scores
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In today's increasingly interconnected world, our youth are confronted with enormous pressure to perform in schools that are often ill-equipped to meet their individual needs. In addition, urban youth must often cope with high stress from difficult homes and neighborhoods before ever reaching school. As a result, teachers struggle to instruct students who are, at the least, unable to concentrate and are often prone to violent and destructive behavior.


The David Lynch Foundation's Quiet Time Program, using the Transcendental Meditation technique, is a high impact stress reduction program for young people that enhances healthy human development and effective learning. Studies have shown that Quiet Time, which has been implemented which in many schools across the U.S. and around the world, has dramatically reduced school stress, in-school violence, and absenteeism all while improving students' graduation rates and test scores.

Long-Term Impact

It is our goal to give as many young people as possible an easy and effective way to access the calm, intelligent, kind, and creative person that lies within each of them through meditation. Studies show that young people who have learned to meditate have reduced levels of stress, anxiety, depression, violence, and substance abuse. They score higher on standardized tests, achieve better GPA's, and exhibit higher graduation rates as compared to non-meditating students.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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
Project Leader:
Andrea Gorzell Hickey
New York, New York United States

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