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. Thank you!
As we reflect on the past fiscal year that just ended in June, we are filled with gratitude for the dedication of our incredible team, for the support we receive from donors and foundations, and most importantly for the commitment over 3000 schools and 38,000 teachers have to run our program each day. This one act of practicing mindfulness for 5-10 minutes a day, improves mental health, stress resilience and academic success for nearly 1 Million Mindful Children. Thanks to you, our 'champions of change', we are providing kids with preventative tools that work! Together we are changing the world one student at a time. In the coming year, we are expanding our programs to include more narrators, more languages (English and Spanish so far) and more content, including expanding sequences for teachers, school counselors and families. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you and again, we are grateful.
Great news! Inner Explorer is excited to partner with LG to help students get back to school.
We have all seen the first day of school posts. If you can let your friends and family know that for every post with #Day1 and #LGoals, Inner Explorer and Project Happiness will receive a $1 up to $20,000!
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 highest academic gains in reading (initially 10 of 28 students were below grade level, at the end of the year 0 of 28 were below, 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 done with fidelity. The investment of 5-10 minutes daily, comes back to you exponentially! Programs such as this should be required 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 traumatized as that was the grade that lost Martin. By continuing to participate in IE each day after the bombing, IE served as good 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 to provide immediate positive effects and short enough as to not 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, Assistant Principal