Reduce violence & stress for 60 students in RI

Goal: $ 7900

No of Donation: 24

 

 

Goal: $ 7900
Amount Raised: $ 1305
Remaining : $ 6595
No of Donation : 24
Category : Education
Url : http://www.resilientkids.org
Contact Number : 401-400-1490
Address : 249 Manton Ave.
State : Providence
City : RI
Country : US
Zipcode : 02909

Challenge

The 2014 American Psychological Association survey shows that teens are reporting higher rates of stress than adults, especially during the school year. Stress is not an ideal state for learning, as it impacts memory and learning-readiness, and also lowers the body's immune system. In RI, more than a third of all public schools in the core urban districts have been identified for intervention because of poor academic performance.

Solution

ResilientKids began in 2011 with a mission to foster social, emotional, and academic growth through secular yoga and mindfulness curriculum seamlessly integrated into the school culture by professionally-trained, dedicated educators. "Want to Boost Learning, Start with Emotional Health" was the title of an EdWeek. And a high school administrator was recently quoted saying, "if we're losing students to stress and anxiety and their inability to self-soothe, which leads to poor decision-making, then it doesn't matter how good the academics are." There is abundant data on stress toxicity in youth, and how that is carried into adulthood, clearly pointing to the need to address this epidemic at a young age. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse cites the risk of drinking and drug use is sharply increased in stressed and bored teens. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement saying, "Toxic stress can lead to potentially permanent changes in learningbehaviorand physiologyand can cause physiologic disruptions that result in higher levels of stress-related chronic diseases and increase the prevalence of unhealthy lifestyles that lead to widening health disparities." Mindfulness is defined as paying attention here and now, on purpose, with kindness and curiosity, and without judgement. ResilientKids' secular practice is similar to what many Fortune 500 companies provide to their employees to reduce on-the-job stress. Hundreds of doctors and hospitals are referring patients to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs throughout the country to cope with pain and various life stressors. More and more schools are now bringing mindfulness into the classroom to help their students (and teachers) succeed. We developed this secular program to share social and emotional learning that isn't often taking place in the schools as a way of building life-long skills including focus, self-confidence, empathy, balance, and overall well-being - all strategies to manage stress around academic, emotional and social challenges students will need to successfully navigate their path to becoming engaged adults, global citizens, and our future leaders. Within our model: - Students in under-performing schools serving low-income families gain social and emotional tools to support academic growth and physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. - Teachers reduce burn-out, build community with others also utilizing this program, experience frustration less frequently given their additional tools for classroom management & transitions, and therefore gain more teaching time. They also report increased job satisfaction. - Schools strengthen culture and communities with fewer incidents of bullying and discipline referrals among their students.
Our nation is at a critical point in recognizing the value of non-cognitive skills to support the rigor of academics & life. Author Paul Tough says optimism, social agility, and resilience are the core skills possessed by at-risk children who overcame adversity. ResilientKids' innovative social and emotional learning program works with students during the school day, promoting the development of life-long skills that will serve them now and into adulthood as they become our future leaders.

Long-Term Impact

Long-term, these students will learn tools to succeed not only in school but in life! They will increase time in their seats learning, increase academic performance, and reduce sick days, visits to the nurse's office, and violence at school, making it a more learning-ready environment for the school as a whole.

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