HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
This June we’re inviting you to create your own “CrowdRaiser” on the donations website GiveNow. This will give you your own fundraising page, linked to our Cause, which you can share with friends, family and peers. We’re aiming to raise $25,000 through CrowdRaising this June so we can deliver a year of yoga programs to 150 ‘at risk’ young people.
We know that asking others can be awkward, but in the spirit of supporting young people we hope that you can channel your passion for what we do to help us to raise more desperately needed funds. We can provide you with training to help you get started - just call 0414 379 473 to arrange.
To create your personalised fundraising page, click here http://www.givenow.com.au/yogaforatriskyouth to see our current Cause in more detail.
On this page, you will see there is a button labelled “Create CrowdRaiser”. Click this button and you’ll be on your way. From start to finish, it should only take you 5 minutes, click here for the simple four step process or watch this video. Then you can share your CrowdRaiser page with your own network of colleagues, friends and family before the end of June.
THE PROBLEM WE WANT TO HELP SOLVE
More than 75% of mental health issues develop before a person turns 25 and suicide is the leading cause of death of young people aged 15-24: we need to ensure a variety of robust support options are available. For the last ten years The Yoga Foundation has been teaching successful programs designed to reduce anxiety and depression and we’ve built expertise in this area. We’ve worked closely with at risk youth and seen firsthand the positive impact yoga has on their self esteem, emotional regulation and stress management.
Interventions during adolescence are critical to building a foundation that supports health and wellbeing throughout adulthood. Yoga, mindfulness and meditation can be transformative but yoga’s often dismissed as a hobby or a luxury. It’s not. Providing evidence-based tools to support mental health is a necessity.
With your help we can support more people like Hannah:
Young students that we have met through our programs have often experienced shocking trauma. Hannah, a fourteen year old girl (name changed) had witnessed the rape and murder of her sister and had lost her ability to cope. We worked with her at a specialised high school (for students who do not thrive in mainstream schools) and saw a marked difference after a couple of months.
Her teacher told us that Hannah was finding her way back to peace and calm through her yoga practice; she began to connect with a group, build trust again, cope with complex emotions that had threatened to engulf her. Yoga provided her with simple tools to regain a sense of agency and a sense of felt control. Trauma-informed yoga can have a wide range of neurological and physical health benefits, restoring neurological pathways in the brain affected by trauma.
Simple, effective breathing and mindfulness techniques can help manage depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, sleeping problems and substance use disorders. Research shows that yoga’s effective among adolescents in improving body image, managing emotions, promoting optimism, reducing anxiety, and addressing broader clusters of risk behaviours, including eating disorders and obesity. (Gender and Trauma: A Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice: Implications for Policy and Practice, Rebecca Epstein, Thalia González).
Our Yoga for At Risk Youth Project targets young people who are experiencing disadvantage, trauma and mental health challenges. The eight week programs teach young people strategies to manage stress, anxiety and low self-esteem. Highly trained teachers, familiar with trauma informed yoga, deliver the programs and are supported by expert supervisors overseen by Founding Director Dr Michael de Manincor who has a PhD in Yoga and Mental Health.
There is demand for our programs, but not always the funding: $25,000 would mean The Yoga Foundation could reach 150 deserving young people through our existing partnerships with organisations that work with at risk youth.
We teach people to fish – and them hand them their own fishing rod.