Inner Explorer created Mission Moments to keep you updated on the impact your support and generosity has on those we serve. We want to share not only program developments, but also the stories that warm our hearts and fuel our mission to reach ten million mindful children by 2020. A goal we accomplished because of you.
Reflecting on 2020, one word (among many) that comes to mind is resilience.
The year began with the spread of the pandemic; marked by panic, uncertainty and a collective sense of unease as we began what we’d come to know as our new normal for the remainder of the year.
Then were the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, urging all of us to take a deeper look at how we are approaching social equity and racial injustice within our own communities.
Finally, election season was upon us – and the divide of our nation more apparent than ever. Heightened stress and anxiety plagued us all, on top of the already intense year.
Despite the turmoil, we couldn’t help but notice the momentum brought about by these events – and just how resilient and powerful communities are when they come together.
In the spirit of sparking positive change in our communities, we kickstarted the #MyInnerCompass movement; encouraging us all to follow our own inner compass every day. By doing this together, we create space for empathy, compassion and connection to flourish in our communities.
As we move forward in mindfulness, we strive to bring our programs to as many communities as possible. In challenging times, children, teachers and families are turning to mindfulness to find relief.
To continue expanding our programs – especially in times of crisis, we need your help.
This holiday season, consider giving the gift of mindfulness to those who need it most by donating to Inner Explorer. Your support is essential in creating a mindful world.
Last year we piloted one class with Inner Explorer’s mindfulness program. The one class who used it was the calmest class with the fewest incident reports (0 versus an average of 25 in the other classrooms!) and had the high estacademic gains in reading (initially 10 of 28 students werebelow grade level, at the end of the year 0 of 28 werebelow, including several special needs students!). We are expanding into all the classrooms this year.Principal, Sarasota, FL
Inner Explorer is very user friendly and easy to implement. We have seen a dramatic increase in the positive behaviors of the students in the classrooms where the program is donewith fidelity. The investment of 5-10 minutes daily, comes back to you exponentially! Programs such as this should berequired in all schools! Ileana Mellan, Principal,Mater Academy.
We had just started IE a few months prior to the marathon bombing in Boston. Third grade was particularly traumatizedas that was the grade that lost Martin. By continuing toparticipate in IE each day after the bombing, IE served asgood trauma first-aid for several reasons: Maintaining familiar routines and rituals Ongoing teaching of calm down strategies. A safe space and sense of security. Helped teachers and students with self-care Director of Special Ed and Student Support.
Inner Explorer has empowered our students to handle stress, anxiety, and negative emotions in a constructive manner. The 5-10 minute guided audio practices are long enough toprovide immediate positive effects and short enough as tonot disrupt instructional time. Teachers have said that they themselves have used the mindfulness strategies to reduce their own stress. Inner Explorer is simple to use, empowers students and teachers to self-regulate their emotions, and their team is always readily available to answer questions/address concerns Aida Trujillo, AssistantPrincipal