Bringing Mindfulness & Movement to Our Urban Youth

Bringing Mindfulness & Movement to At-Risk Youth

Mindfulness through Movement (MTM) offers school-based mindfulness and yoga programs to at-risk youth in urban Philadelphia. Its mission is to offer kids tools to help them face life with a goal of cultivating steady minds and bodies to improve lives and communi ties.
MTM was incorporated in 2014 and is a 501(c)(3) corporation.

THE MTM Program

MTM provides one certified yoga teacher to teach two free 45-minute classes to schools that qualify per week at a school. Classes are taught from October through April. All schools are prescreened by an MTM representative to ensure there is a suitable, available place for classes. Classes are ideally taught back-to-back unless there is an agreement otherwise. MTM estimates that during an average week at least 1,000+ students receive the benefits of instruction.

The need for this type of programming is verified by research and program experience which indicates that children who grow up in inner cities face stress and trauma for which regulation skills are required, particularly for at-risk youth who are growing up in neighborhoods characterized by low-income rates, high crime, poverty and family neglect. Risk of low academic performance , school dropout, school bullying, and aggression in response to experienced trauma are vastly increased for youth growing up in these urban, low-income neighborhoods .

The MTM program is a preventive measure for this downward spiraling.

The MTM Teacher’s Manual

The MTM instructors teach a combination of yoga, mindfulness, centering and breathwork. The MTM Teachers’ Manual has a research-based curriculum with 16 Lesson Plans that include the following elements:

Our GOALS

It is the goal of the MTM program to provide every student in Philadelphia with the opportunity to flourish and to live their best lives.

The goals of the MTM program are to provide urban youth with useful skills for peaceful conflict resolution, improved focus, concentration and self-regulation, increased self-confidence and prosocial behavior, and overall stress reduction. MTM promotes kindness and a sense of peace to its students.

MTM is committed to developing high-quality programs to meet the needs of Philadelphia’s children who experience unique challenges early in their young lives. Research and experience have shown that a solid yoga and mindfulness practice benefits these children, maximizing their development of social, emotional and cognitive skills, particularly for those living with daily stress and the effects of poverty.