The Art of Yoga Project

Rating: 4.97 stars   63 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Crime & Law

Location: 555 Bryant Street Palo Alto CA 94301 USA

Mission: The Art of Yoga Project's mission is to lead teen girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others and community by providing practical tools to effect behavioral change.
Results: At The Art of Yoga Project we specializes in working with incarcerated teen girls and have a long standing relationship and a proven track record with the juvenile justice systems in three Bay Area counties. The Art of Yoga Project strives toward a very specific goal of creating accountability, responsibility, self respect, self control, and ultimately, behavioral change in a very specific and under served population. The philosophy of yoga and the freedom of creative arts is delivered meaningfully to this important (and often overlooked) population of young women who are so desperately in need of support and guidance. The Art of Yoga Project website provides more information about our work including our research, mentoring and training programs, as well as stories and artwork from girls that have participated in our program. www.theartofyogaproject.org
Target demographics: At-risk teen girls (12-18) in the California juvenile justice system
Direct beneficiaries per year: 500+ girls
Geographic areas served: San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties
Programs: The cornerstone of The Art of Yoga Project is its proprietary, gender-responsive Yoga and Creative Arts Curriculum, a secular course that combines health education, character development, yoga, meditation and creative arts. The program helps each girl build increased self-awareness, self-respect and self-control as well as develop competent decision-making skills and life-long wellness practices. Using the tools taught, the girls begin to identify the issues that cause them to make poor choices, manage their anger and impulses, and develop a productive outlet for their emotions and dreams. Each session begins with a rigorous, strengthening yoga practice and continues with a creative art activity. Throughout class, trained facilitators lead discussions on themes such as non-violence, tolerance, sexual ethics and integrity. People and Locations With three full-time staff and over 40 certified yoga teachers, artists and therapists, AYP currently serves over 500 girls in San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco Counties.
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have supported this organization for many years! They are top-notch and do wonderful work in our community with at-risk, incarcerated and exploited teen girls.

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I am so happy to support this organization. The work they are doing with incarcerated, at-risk and exploited teen girls is innovative. They are experienced in gender- responsive programming that continually show results.

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Great work by a great group of people. It's amazing the difference one caring adult makes in a child's life. It changes the course of their life forever.

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This is a great non profit doing great work with at-risk, exploited and incarcerated teen girls. I fully support their work.

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Great organization. Very well run. Dedicated staff

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It's easy to support this organization. They are successful working with a population of incarcerated and at-risk girls that are largely ignored. They work from their hearts! Society pays an estimated $1.7 million for each youth who drops out of school and becomes involved in a life of crime and drug abuse. The cost of one year of incarceration ~ $190,000 alone! This work just makes good sense.

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The Art of Yoga Project is a very effective program helping incarcerated teen girls heal from physical and lifestyle abuse. It is an outstanding project. We will continue to support it, because of its growing success evident through the girl’s behavioral change.

Don and Virginia Fitton

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2012

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8 people found this review helpful

The Art of Yoga Project is an amazing program that helps troubled teen girls. It is comprised of a group of strong and caring women helping incarcerated teen girls. Although these girls have made some poor choices they are caught in a cycle of victimization. The Art of Yoga Project works with them to create a better self image and gives them tools to help change their life. It is very inspiring!

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

many ways! Not only do they deliver the program in three counties in Northern CA but they run amazing events in the community together at local yoga studios to help raise funds to support their work!

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About every month

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2010-5-01

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14 people found this review helpful

I have been contributing increasingly more to this group for each of the past three years, and watching them grow as individuals and as an organization. They have an amazing combination of brains, heart and tenacity. ANy one of those is of course precious. But it's hard to imagine another group having the degree of all three that makes The Art of Yoga Project so unique, and indeed successful at their mission.

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

the incredible feedback they receive from the judges and other officials involved with their work.

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

not do as good of a job as the existing team is.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The tremendous heart, commitment and strength they bring to their work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, dedicated, strong, purposeful, resolute.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Teach many more young women how to take control of their own lives, their own future, and make it happen from the inside out rather than the outside in.

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

growth. they have a unique and successful formula for helping at-risk young women take control of their lives. the challenge, and funding will help, is how to deliver that successful formula to more communities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

you have to meet Mary Lynn Fitton to truly understand the strength from which The Art of Yoga Project springs. She's a brilliant example of the new generation of social entrepreneurs.

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2008-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

As a former mayor of Palo Alto, I became aware of this outstanding project and its early success in Oregon and now the Bay Area. Founder and director Mary Lynn Fitton has the personal dedication and commitment that is so essential to a non-profit. As a trustee of a foundation that has donated to The Art of Yoga, I have continued to be impressed with the quality of their efforts and the responses received from the participants, the court system, and community leaders. This is a winner! Jim Burch Palo Alto

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

helping at-risk young women awaken to the positive possibilities in taking charge of their lives.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way Mary Lynn Fitton has directed the effort, sensed what next steps were critical to its growth and success, and then DID IT!

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2008-8-01

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