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The Sean O'shea Foundation

Rating: 4.97 stars   58 reviews 1,866

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth

Address:

3397 HOLLOWTREE DRIVE OCEANSIDE CA 92058 USA

Mission:

To empower youth through yoga, nutrition and optimistic teachings that help to develop life skills that can enable youth to take responsibility for their life, develop respect for themselves and others, and have confidence in their own potential

Results:

The Foundation has offered these programs to nearly 2000 children in the past two years and not one child has had to pay for these programs thanks to the friends & supporters of the Sean O’Shea Foundation...New program for 2010 & 2011: Yoga and nutrition for pregnant teens. Yoga for teen mom and babies Yoga and nutrtion for the Juvenile Court schools Partnering with Rady Children's Hospital Healthy coaches program partnering with over 45 schools in San Diego and now reaching out to Los Angeles.

Target demographics:

Low-income, at risk youth between the ages of 9-18 living in San Diego County and now serving Los Angeles County.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

We serve approximately 1500 children per year and hoping to increase these numbers with fundraising and grants.

Programs:

1). SIGNATURE SEVEN WEEK YOGA AND NUTRITION PROGRAM: Our signature seven-week program is offered at the school once a week for one hour before, during or after school. The curriculum includes basic yoga poses as well as nutrition and eco-awareness concepts. Mats, blocks, straps, and supplies are supplied by the foundation. 2). YEAR ROUND YOGA PROGRAM: This school-based program starts in the fall and includes our signature curriculum taught by our certified yoga teachers. After the initial seven weeks, a school representative is trained by the foundation to teach the weekly yoga practice for the rest of the school year. THE SEAN O’SHEA FOUNDATION MENTOR PROGRAM: The foundation can provide an experienced yoga mentor to all participating schools needing assistance or advice while instructing the program. 3). YEAR ROUND YOGA & NUTRITION PROGRAM: This program contains all of the above and also includes a student body assembly on nutrition. Nutrition curriculum guides are provided to teachers who want to offer a weekly 15 minute nutrition lesson in their classroom. NUTRITION ASSEMBLIES: Our nutrition educators present a 30-45 minute nutrition lesson which includes tips for healthier eating habits, nutritional value on calorie intake, an overview of the food groups, and the medical risks of obesity. PowerPoint and hand visuals are used. 4). CURRICULUM ORIENTATION/TRAINING: We offer an orientation and mini training for all volunteers, contracted yoga teachers and school representatives. Information covered includes: our seven-week curriculum, basic tips for working with at-risk youth, nutrition education, and foundation policies. Training is held twice a year. 5). KIDS HELPING KIDS YOGA: This weekly donation-only yoga class is offered for young people ages 12-17. The class is held every Tuesday from 4-5pm at the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Carlsbad.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Being involved with the Sean O'Shea Foundation is something I am very grateful for. This amazing family-run non-profit is doing important work in Southern CA with some of the most at-risk kids. As a student at the only fully accredited Mind-Body Medicine PhD program in the world, I see over and over again in the research that self-regulation is the single biggest factor in a child's success: in school, in relationships, in career, and in life. I know this, so I practice yoga and meditation daily to improve my academic success, my relationships, my health, and my ability to adapt to life stressors. How wonderful that the Sean O'Shea Foundation is introducing these life-long skills that will create lasting change and the ability to cope, and thrive, to the most at-risk children in Southern CA. However, it doesn't stop there. Yoga and improved self-regulation decreases criminal behavior and increases compassion, therefore the SOSF is giving back to all of us by transforming society. If there is any way you can get involved: volunteering, fundraising, attending fundraising workshops, etc. you will be providing a meaningful service to others, as well as yourself.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Like most non-profits, the Sean O'Shea Foundation could use more resources to expand their work and serve more kids. They could use help with fundraising, technology, marketing, etc. There is no shortage of heart here, we've got that covered :)

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

I first became acquainted with the Sean O'Shea Foundation when I received a flyer for a free chair yoga training for educators from a school nurse I worked with. The training was phenomenal, and quite exceeded my expectations. As a Licensed Mental Health Clinician working in a day treatment high school in San Diego, I learned that I could apply to have the SOSF work with the students in weekly yoga classes....for free! I jumped on the opportunity to bring a great resource to the at-risk, high-need population that I worked with. Many of the students were up against challenges such as mental illness, severe behavior issues, gang pressures, trauma, learning disabilities, teen parenting, violent neighborhoods, and chronic socioeconomic stressors.

The Sean O'Shea Foundation ended up working with the students at the school for not just 7 weeks, but several years, and in the process changed a student body and the staff supervising them with their positive message of health, resilience, and taking control over one's circumstances through strength of mind and body. Through the discipline of yoga and nutrition classes, students learned skills to move through life, and in doing so also were surprised to see significant amounts of emotional and physical pain lift. They now had a skill and a hobby to feel good about and mentors that believed in them and demonstrated kind and gentle consistency in their words and actions. Through this process the students developed mental and physical strength and resilience. The staff that participated (myself included) benefited from weight loss, calmer work days, and a nice camaraderie with one another and the students participating.

In addition to being a licensed marriage and family therapist, I am also a facilitator of mind-body skills groups developed by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and the SOSF message strengthened and reinforced the group curriculum I was teaching to the students, and led to a synergistic process in their journey of self-care. The story of the tragic loss of Sean O'Shea, a man of many virtues, is one the students can identify with, as the lives of many of them have been peppered with loss. They get to experience something beautiful that grew out of the O'Shea family's loss, and develop hope for their own beauty to grow out of their own losses. I can't say enough about how authentic, inspiring, effective, and professional the Sean O'Shea Foundation Non-Profit Yoga Programs are. It is a direct correlation to the staff who run them. I am proud to be serving on the board of directors of this amazing foundation.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Sean O'Shea Foundation is doing some of the most important work in the world - sharing yoga with those who might never otherwise have access. Their school programs incorporate nutrition, stretching and mindfulness, all important components for children to realize their full potential. Additionally, I have taken part in some of their workshops, and they are amazing events with the best yoga instructors in the San Diego Area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Sean O'Shea foundation is an inspiring group of individuals dedicated to bringing mindfulness and yoga to at-risk youth across Southern California. I have previously acted as Secretary of the Board and I am currently doing research on the effects the program has on mindfulness and self-compassion. I am so grateful to have become involved in this truly philanthropic community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Brings a world of good to kids. I help the organization in the Yoga for Kids with Cancer program at Rady's Childrens Hospital, and I see each time how much the organization brings to the kids and their families through its program. Stressed, sick or tired kids, and their moms and dads and loved ones, taking some welcome stretches for their sore muscles, taking on deep breath for relaxation, and a relaxation practice that helps kids fall asleep no matter their mood or condition - it's an amazing thing to see.

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I started working with the Sean O'Shea Foundation as a yoga volunteer at the onset of the Yoga for Kids with Cancer program at Rady's Children's Hospital. Each time I work with the patients at the Hematology/Oncology wing, I see, in spite of the challenges these kids face, that our program brings the kids and their families smiles, relaxation, and a deep breath, literally and figuratively. We move, breathe, meditate and laugh, and it is a bright spot in their day, and in mine. If a child is in pain, she relaxes through the breath - I see them go to sleep very often at the end of their practice. If they are feeling restless from being in bed all day, our gentle stretches and deep breath makes them feel more peaceful. And the parents need the relaxation too! The Foundation makes programs like this available to kids who otherwise would not have access to yoga, and teaches them skills to cope with stressful, sometimes impossibly stressful, situations that they can take with them on their life's journey. What could be more powerful?

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Sean O'shea foundation keeps getting better every year. Funds for this organization are utilized responsibly and effectively. Children learn skills that not only have a direct impact on their lives now, but give them life skills and knowledge they will carry with them for the rest of there lives. There are many wonderful ways to help people, but giving children the knowledge to gain health and manage anxiety is priceless. This foundation continues to reflect the one-of-a-kind person that Sean was in its uniqueness and profound impact.

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I wish I could have learned what this foundation teaches when I was a kid. I am honored to be a supporter of this foundation because of what Sean O'shea inspired. It exemplifies the adage, tragedy into triumph! This is the most beneficial time of life for these children to be learning some of the skills that I am just now starting to explore in my life. The program is at the dawn of a new age, and I know will be a model for teaching and changing lives. Mindfulness, nutrition and yoga are so complimentary, and this foundation has brought them together for those who need it the most, in a very powerful way. As a board member, I am humbled by the passion, generosity and compassion of those that are the backbone of this organization. Sean is with us through the love that is being passed on to each of the children touched by the Sean O'shea foundation.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The core values of the organization provide the positive impact for children and give the Sean O'Shea Foundation the purpose that Sean would have continued to fulfill with his life. This organization is committed to giving back everything that they receive, and instilling skills and knowledge in children that can change lives.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a donor to the Sean o'Shea Foundation for approximately five years now. The Foundation has made such a difference in our community and for our youth. SOSF continues to grow and to reach out to our children --teaching them good nutrition and overall wellness. In addition, SOSF is involved with Rady's Children Hospital reaching out to children with cancer; individuL yoga sessions in between cancer treatments. What a blessing for these children to have this support! All I can say is that I plan to continue my financial support to this Foundation in the coming years.

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This foundation's very core is is dedicated to helping youth through the power of basic yoga and healthy living practices! I personally teach 6-13 year olds, and I can honestly say that the kids light up when we practice together!

Please take a look at our work! There are so many young lives we can still help impact with positive and peaceful lessons and outlook!

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The Sean OShea Foundation continues to grow under the leadership of Gloria OShea and with the help of all the wonderful volunteers who share their talents with the foundation. The foundation continues to serve the community in so many different ways and is always looking for new areas to help the community

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The Sean OShea Foundation continues to grow under the leadership of Gloria OShea and with the help of all the wonderful volunteers who share their talents with the foundation. The foundation continues to serve the community in so many different ways and is always looking for new areas to help the community

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been teaching SOSF's dynamic mindfulness and nutrition curriculum in schools almost since the beginning, in 2008. I have observed and participated in the organization's growth and development. SOSF has done a great job of adapting programs to meet the needs of students and schools, especially during the budget crunches of the past few years. Thanks to financial support from the community and in-kind donations, the leadership of Gloria O'Shea and a talented board, and the dedicated teachers, SOSF's programs have reached 13,000 students at zero or minimal cost. When a kid writes, "What I like about yoga is that this is the only time I'm calm," you know that the work is not just important, but essential.

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I've been working as an advisor to the board and as an instructor for the Sean O'Shea Foundation for almost 6 years. What began as a seven week pilot yoga program in three schools in Oceanside, CA has grown to reach more than 9000 kids in low income, Title I schools all over San Diego County and a few schools in LA County as well. The program has grown to two 12- week sessions of yoga, nutrition and mindfulness teachings. The curriculum can be adapted for kids in grades 4-12. The emphasis is on learning that YOU are in charge of how you fuel and develop your body and mind through the choices you make regarding food, physical activity, and the way you interact with the world around you. This holistic approach to well-being is what makes the SOSF program unique. The tools kids learn - breathing techniques, yoga poses, centering and mindfulness practices, and basic nutritional facts - are essential life skills that will help them face challenges at school and in other areas of life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase its reach and enable it to serve more schools each semester.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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The Sean O'Shea Foundation is continuing to bring its FREE 7-week yoga and nutrition program to under-served schools. There is actually a waiting list now because so many schools have re-applied for this program and kids love it! In addition, SOSF is making an effort to reach the most challenging students - those in last-resort "court" mandated schools, special ed, homeless youth. This fall, SOSF began working with Rady's Childrens Hospital to bring yoga to children undergoing treatment for cancer and to their caregivers. All donations go directly to pay for these programs. This is an all-volunteer non-profit with the exception of the yoga teachers who receive payment for the classes they teach.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I have been teaching yoga to adults for ten years, and have witnessed yoga's power to change lives for the better - physically and mentally. The Sean O'Shea Foundation is doing a wonderful job of taking yoga into classrooms with a program geared to kids from 11-18. It makes yoga fun for them, teaches them sound nutritional principles, and increases their awareness of environmental challenges and how they can become "greener". Also of note is that the schools served by the foundation have significant numbers of Title I students, and not a single school has had to pay a penny for the 7-week program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen positive behavioral changes in children over the 7-week span of the program, and have had many positive comments from teachers who subsequently worked with these kids.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would bring the Sean O'Shea Foundation program into more schools, and also develop a training program for school teachers who would like to incorporate yoga in to their classroom.

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When you see first hand how rival gang members are in the same room doing yoga with each other, acting calm, it is such a transformative experience. I think this is what makes the Sean O'Shea Foundation stand out from other non-profits. Yoga, perhaps more so than team sports, instills discipline, prevents violence, improves GPA, reduces drop-out rates, improves employability, reduces health care costs. Add to that the nutrition education that the Foundation teaches to at-risk youth and the program literally has the potential to reduce health care costs, gang violence and boost employment rates...all this adds up to enormous benefits for dozens of communities and schools around San Diego County that benefit from the Sean O'Shea Foundation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Apply for more grants!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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In Southern California, as in much of the rest of the country, yoga has become over the last decade a popular way to exercise. Perhaps more so here than anywhere else, though, yoga is a part of the community and not merely a form of exercise. When I learned of the Sean O'Shea Foundation's work introducing yoga to at-risk and low-income middle and high-school students, I quickly became enthralled at how many kids it has reached in such a short time. Middle school and high school can be terrifying places for kids, especially those that come from broken families or communities also plagued by drugs and violence. Perhaps no other activity can strengthen a vulnerable child's resolve and boost confidence like yoga. The Sean O'Shea Foundation is my non-profit of choice. A friend of mine, a popular yoga teacher, organized a donation yoga class on the weekend, a great, fun way to raise funds for a charity that I truly believe, will save many children from the bleakness that affect all low-income communities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

talking to kids who have gone through the program who have told me that the Foundation has tremendously helped them deal with stress!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more teachers and grow it even more quickly.

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