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The Sean O'Shea Foundation

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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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The Sean O'Shea Foundation is a quality organization that I have had the privilege to observe, and then volunteer for, for many years. They continue to expand and improve their programs to reach the kids who need it most. They are doing important work in educating kids, parents, and school teachers on simple and effective strategies for stress, anxiety, and self-regulation.

 
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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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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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I both teach and serve as a Board Member for the Sean O'Shea Foundation. I have seen first hand the effects our yoga programs have on children. I recently began teaching C.A.L.M. Kids- a chair based mindfulness program to three high school classes. At the start of the semester, the kids would be agitated and resist the poses and breath work. However, by the end of the semester, the kids would be happy to see me arrive and I would look out at the class and see all the kids participating.

 
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The Sean O'Shea Foundation teaches health and wellness to children and teens. In a time filled with school cutbacks, the SOS Foundation provides at risk kids with a different kind of activity- YOGA. I have taught in the program and the students' repsonses are overwelmingly positive. Plus, there is a nutrition element that many of the kids would otherwise not be taught. The O'Shea family and friends have worked so hard the last few years to create a great curriculum.

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?

2011

 
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Before chosing to be a board member, I taught a class of 3rd to 5th graders for the foundation. The transition from the first week to the last week was amazing. I had two brothers who at the beginning were talking and roughhousing yet, in the last class, their mother's jaw dropped as she saw them lying in the final relaxation pose, completely still and quiet. The Sean O'Shea Foundation programs have expanded over the last 8 years to include thousands of at risk youth, ages 5-18, in our community including the Rady’s Children’s Hospital and their mindfulness program, CALM, that teaches them to be more mindful and calm. Their track record of continued service to the community is evident from the testimonials you can find at: http://www.seanosheafoundation.org/testimonials.html
The programs are offered before, during and after school and are geared to students 5-18 yrs old. They teach during P.E., health, science, or free period. The programs are available to all types of schools - public, charter, or private – and to other organizations that work with children. Scholarships are available for schools with a high percentage of at-risk youth or in communities that are considered economically disadvantaged. The emphasis of their program is a physical yoga practice, yet they also weave nutrition information, eco-green awareness, conservation, volunteerism, and mindfulness into the classes to build character and help children recognize how their choices impact their lives and the world around them.

 
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I began my involvement with the Sean O’Shea Foundation as a volunteer shortly after I met Gloria during my Yoga certification at Mira Costa College in 2010. She shared her passion and the story of her son, Sean O’Shea, and even from this early moment, I felt connected to Sean and his compassion for others in his yogic path helping and supporting at-risk children. Since then I taught a few classes and specifically always enjoy relating the story of the mother with her three younger children who came to the last class of a seven week free program to her school and saw her 8 and 10 year old boys in savasana, completely calm. The jaw drop by her was priceless as these boys started out poking and goofing around early in the program. Since then, I’ve been involved as a board member supporting the continued enhancement and growth of the programs with so many testimonials of how our program impacted the whole social dynamics of so many children and young adults. Our children in this program are transformed into by learning about nutrition and yoga and “The Optimist Creed” that Sean taught in his yogic path. Our mission says it all: “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.”

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

continue to work with the skills of an incredible board to enhance and expand the program to youths beyond those we reach today.

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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The Sean O'Shea foundation provides for free a seven week yoga and nutrition program to at risk children 8-18 years old. Over the last five years, since the foundation was started after an overwhelming response from yogis after Sean O'Shea died tragically in a freak car accident, they have helped thousands of children find the reward of how yoga and good nutrition can help them feel better. One specific experience was watching two brothers, 8 and 10, who started out with an incredible amount of energy having difficulty keeping their hands to themselves. At the last session, the parents were invited in during savasana and their mother saw them laying completely still. Her jaw dropped as she had never seen them so calm. Of course, they were the same two who asked that we bring the program back to their school.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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The beauty of the Sean O'Shea Foundation's programs is that mindfulness is woven into each lesson. Whether it's mat yoga, nutrition or CALM Kids in the classroom, the emphasis is on "paying attention, here and now, with kindness and curiosity so I can choose my behavior." In a yoga pose this might mean figuring out which muscles are working, noticing the physical changes before and after; and noticing any judgements that come up. With nutrition, students learn not just why it's healthy to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, but also how their individual choices can have an impact on their communities and the planet. Kids start seeing the connections between what they do on the mat and what they do in the world. SOSF is helping to raise a new, mindfully aware generation.

 
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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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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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The Sean O'Shea Foundation has changed my life- as a volunteer, as a teacher, and as a human being! Seeing the energetic shift in the youngsters I work with is one of the most impactful experiences I've ever witnessed. Giving kids the skill set of mindfulness, yoga, and healthy eating is something that they will carry with them over a lifetime, and I have never been so grateful to be part of a community.

 
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The Sean O'Shea Foundation provides nutrition, mindfulness and yoga programs to at-risk youth, throughout Southern California. SOSF programs teach kids tools to apply to the stresses and challenges of everyday life.

It is a privilege to work with the Sean O'Shea Foundation.

 
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Empowering at-risk youth to help to create positive and healthier lives. It is a privilege to be a part of this wonderful organization.

 
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SOSF is an organization of impact. The success of their work is trackable through data but most apparent in the children themselves. SOSF is changing lives by helping children quiet their bodies and their minds. Children who go through SOSF programs become responsible in school, their grades go up, they become healthier and they become leaders. I can't say enough good things about this organization and Gloria who works tirelessly serving SOSF kids.

 
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SOSF is a fantastic organization that brings yoga to kids and communities all across San Diego!

 
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The Sean O'Shea Foundation is a quality organization that I have had the honor to observe the positive effects on our youth. Students who have participated in the program have experience wealth of benefits including physical health, self control, and tactics to deal with anxiety. All these skills are important in dealing with trials associated with being child in the complex society.

 
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Love what I've seen through the hard work and dedication of all involved with this amazing nonprofit organization!

The kids reactions and excitement has been so imperator all!!!

 
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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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