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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

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 thousands of children and hundreds of school teachers in the past and not one child has had to pay for these programs thanks to the friends & supporters of the Sean O’Shea Foundation. Programs: 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 (Yoga 4 Kids With Cancer and the Medical Behavior Unit) partnering with over 100 schools and organizations 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 and train hundreds of school teachers each year hoping to increase these numbers with fundraising and grants.

Programs: ~CALM Kids training for school teachers ~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. ~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. Z~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.

Community Stories

132 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Natasha P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Liz F.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Sean O'Shea Foundation has introduced thousands of children to mindfulness through its CALM Kids and Mindful Yoga programs. SOSF focuses its resources on disadvantaged schools and "at-risk" kids, including youth in juvenile detention, those with eating disorders, and pediatric cancer patients. CALM Kids teaches educators how to bring mindfulness into the classroom, helping them to create a learning environment where children regularly practice the three Rs conducive to personal growth: Reflection, Relationships and Resilience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped to develop the Sean O'Shea Foundation's Mindfulness program, CALM Kids, which SOSF is now taking into Title I schools in San Diego's disadvantaged neighborhoods. The Foundation and its Board of Directors are fully dedicated to serving communities that are least likely to receive mindfulness interventions, yet would benefit so greatly from them. In some schools, children are not only facing the challenges of poverty and housing insecurity, but also the looming threat of losing family members to deportation. The beauty of CALM Kids (which stands for Chair-based Activities for Learning Mindfulness) is that it is being taught to educators, school psychologists & counselors, so that they can create a regular practice in their classrooms and offices. The Foundation provides full and partial grants so that schools and programs that serve at-risk kids can afford a mindfulness program that might cost thousands of dollars elsewhere.

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Aryn R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sean O'Shea Foundation helps the children of Southern California by providing mindfulness instruction to classroom teachers, directly teaching yoga and mindfulness to children and by working with patients in the Oncology unit of Rady's Children's Hospital. Our team believes that mindfulness is a helpful way to support children in stressful situations. We are proud of our work at Rady's hospital and have been featured in Yoga Journal. Our team is always doing research to find new and improved ways to expose youth to mindfulness. We work with child psychologists, educators and yoga teachers to create and improve our numerous lessons.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sean O’Shea foundation is dedicated to empower youth through yoga. The Founders and people who work in the organization share the same goal and passion. They are passionated making the difference in the community of schools and helping the kids who suffer from cancer. I am very lucky to be part of this foundation. It’s been a rewarding experience to teach yoga at Rady children’s hospital. My heart is fulfilled every time I see patient’s face lid up after yoga session.

sjmerch

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sean O'shea Foundation becomes more critical through times like these that affect economically disadvantaged children. That has always been the focus of the SOSF and the heart of all the volunteers who invest their time, energy, love and finances to uplift children. Education about mental and physical health through self-awareness and practicing mindfulness are proven ways to empower children to improve their lives. Sean's huge heart to care about others and touch lives continues on through the Sean O'shea Foundation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that is dedicated to helping children through schools and teaching teachers techniques in mindfulness which they can practice with students. When I first learned how the foundation was helping children in underprivileged communities, my first thought was I wish I had this when I was growing up. Also, that these practices will benefit all of our children. The nutrition and mindful practices go hand in hand to healthier happier children. Please support this foundation and make a difference in our community and the lives of the many children that have access to it.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The programs we provide are such an important resource for kids, parents, teachers, & medical staff. Such a great organization to be a part of!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The work that our organization does is so important for our community! With all the stress & pressures kids have to face today, the gift of mindfulness is priceless! Proud to be a part of such a beautiful organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

An amazing non-profit to be part of and volunteer for. The work that they do to help parents and children at Rady Children's Hospital is amazing. The yoga instructors that work for this non profit are extremely committed and forward thinking as well. (https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/rady-childrens-hospital-patients-recover-with-yoga/130233/) .

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sean o’shea Foundation is committed to providing incredible support to underserved children in our community through meditation and yoga classes. Their work with Juvenile Hall and RCH has made a huge impact on children’s lives. The calm kids program that the Sean O’Shea foundation has started is and will continue to make a big impact in our communities!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Sean OShea Foundation for the past few months and have seen first hand the beautiful impact these programs have on the community. I am truly honored to be part of these efforts!!!

Marie74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never been so proud to be part of a team, as I am with the Sean O'Shea Foundation. The mission and heart behind the organization are what drive it's authenticity, and that is seen and felt by all the children who are served by it. It's not just about finding peace, but sharing it with those who are struggling or suffering- and that is what the Sean O'Shea Foundation is all about!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The level of impact provided by the Sean O'Shea Foundation is truly beyond words. From elementary schools to hospitals to juvenile detention centers, the message of mindfulness, harmony, and self-care provided by the foundation extends far beyond even one lesson. Additionally, the CALM Kids program empowers school administration and staff to ensure these integral messages are shared in hundreds of classrooms (if not more). The work being done on behalf of the foundation is powerful, visible, and necessary in order for a society to be not just a society, but a community.

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Giselle McInnis H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is truly an honor to be a part of the Sean O'Shea Foundation! The work this organization does for our youth is incredible.

Hubert P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the past 10 years in the yoga community. This year, I decided to devote my time to Sean O’Shea Foundation, an amazing organization dedicated to empower youth, helping them to get the tools they will need in their life. The dedication of the team at Sean O’Shea foundation is exemplary. Their various programs have a tremendous impact in the community. We focus on youth because they are our future. They deserve our full attention and all the support we can provide. That is what Sean O’Shea Foundation does.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This nonprofit changes the lives of the children it serves, through yoga and nutrition education. The transformation I have witness in the children it serves is unmatched to anything i have seen and this organization is truly doing the best work out there to help sick, underprivileged and at-risk youth build confidence, emotional resilience, and create a refuge of peace within themselves. The Sean O'Shea Foundation's work not only changes the lives of these kids, but it will by extension change our world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honor of volunteering with the Sean O'Shea Foundation and have always been deeply appreciative of the wonderful service the SOSF team shares with the community. Not only do SOSF teachers share yoga and mindfulness in an array of settings from schools to hospitals, the team is incredibly kind, caring, and dedicated to sharing the gift of these practices with individuals and communities who might not otherwise have access.

Samantha T.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering with SOSF for 9 months. It’s a commitment to serve those in need of a little lightness. There’s no greater feeling than stepping into the hospital and teaching/practicing yoga with patients, seeing them laugh as we try new poses with their siblings, seeing them relax into the movement, or simply taking a moment to just breathe and ground in.

HeatherGraff

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Sean O'Shea foundation has been providing Southern California youth with mindfulness practices and yoga for the past 10 years. In addition to offering their curriculum in schools they also offer yoga at Rady's Children's Hospital for kids battling cancer. The work they do in the community is priceless and has truly benefited so many.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sean O'Shea Foundation empowers youth through nutrition, yoga and mindfulness practices, giving youth important tools needed to self-regulate and manage their feelings constructively. Benefits include calmer classrooms and better grades.

It is a privilege and an honor to serve on the BOD of the Sean O'Shea Foundation.

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Jen D.1

Board Member

Rating: 5


The Sean O’Shea Foundation perfectly aligns with our mission at Zen Soul Balance - to empower youth through yoga, nutrition, and optimistic teachings that help to develop life skills. It is an honor to join forces and serve the community with this organization – enabling youth to take responsibility for their life, develop respect for themselves and others, and have confidence in their own potential. SOSF is making a positive impact on the world and we are grateful for the partnership!

Merce

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sean O'Shea Foundation deserves 5 stars! It exceeds all of our expectations. The Foundation continues to grow and create programs to help the youth in our community. The CALM chair program is one of the newer ones...and when we advertise on social media it is amazing how many responses we get back by educators, sports teams etc with how interested they are and want more information. The youth today are met with such pressure and anxiety in school and home. The Sean O'Shea Foundation is an amazing resource to allow the kids to relax, stretch the body, and balance their thoughts...it allows their hearts, mind and body to be calm and take a breathe. It gives them strength to move onto the next endeavor. I highly recommend checking out the Sean O'Shea Foundation website and especially the videos on the website.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the most beneficial organizations around. Teaching kindness, patience, nutrition, mindfulness...and so much more. The Sean O'Shea Foundation makes a difference in the lives of of youth today. The art to breathe through anxiety or frustration and be able to relax the mind at such a young age.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member and volunteer yoga teacher for the Sean O'Shea Foundation, I have seen the huge positive impact this organization has on at-risk youth in our community. I've seen first hand, increases in empathy and compassion, developing habits of pausing and reflecting before reacting to stress and negative situations and a deep understanding of how the nutritional choices kids make impact their short and long term health.

Rebecca101

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sean O'Shea Foundation is so valuable to at-risk youth and children with cancer. I have volunteered in classrooms and, in the hospital, for their program "yoga for kids with cancer". This foundation provides teachings of mindfulness, nutrition and health (physically and mentally), to children and their families. SOSF is making a difference in our community and the lives of the many children and families that are able to access it. I am so thankful to be a part of this fabulous nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This foundation is amazing. I have taught for them in the classroom and at Rady's Children's Hospital. I have seen first hand the value in teaching yoga and nutrition. It effects and changes the lives of students, young children with cancer and their families. The skills that children learn through this program are priceless. They learn how to be mindful, thoughtful and peaceful while also learning how to incorporate a yoga practice in their lives. I am so lucky to be part of a foundation, which has such high expectations and goals, with the intention to teach children valuable life skills that they can practice and continue learn.

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Miho G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer yoga teacher for the Sean O'Shea Foundation for almost 10 years. I have taught kids yoga to at-risk students at various elementary and middle schools. I also taught yoga at a juvenile court school for several years. Through yoga, young students are able to learn life skills to cope with stress and anxiety which are prevalent in today's school environment. Through many years of teaching, I have seen positive changes in children. When they relax their body and calm their mind, they are able to get in touch with true inner self and realize they are simply awesome!! Thus, their self-esteem and confidence increase and they are better able to face challenges in their lives. I am looking forward to many more years contributing to the Sean O'Shea foundation.

ArynBZZ

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud of our organization: The Sean O'Shea Foundation. As both a board member and a Foundation teacher, I know how hard we work in the community to share our mindfulness programs with kids. Our CALM Kids program is designed to support classroom teachers in giving a "mindful break" to their students. We encourage breathing and gentle seated exercises to help students calm their bodies and reset their attention so they can be better learners. Further, we have teachers at Rady's Children's Hospital teaching yoga to children who have cancer and working with youth in the Behavioral Unit, plus teachers working at a San Diego juvenile hall. The responses we receive from our students, their parents and their teachers inspire us to continue our work. We encourage students to be confident, respectful, healthy and responsible for their life actions.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and served on the Board for two years. I have also been a staff teacher and CALM Kids teacher for the Foundation. Teaching mindfulness and breathing tequniques to children is a valuable tool. The majority of our young clients are over stressed. Our programs are designed to offer them peace and optimism. Whether Sean O'Shea Foundation teachers spend 15 minutes with them or an hour with them, the students learn coping skills to deal with stress. Our curriculum is well thought out and developed by school teachers, yoga teachers, nutritionists and psycologists. We strive to offer only the best programs to the schools and hospitals we serve- always adapting to their specific needs.

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Finian O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With all the maddness going around these days, its great to see an organization like this focus on young youth. Their ability to concentrate on focus, mindfulness, physical and mental health, as well as healthy eating practices are all powerful tools that need to be reinforced in todays society!

Please look for yourself!!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

This is such a great opportunity to share the benefits of yogas many positive aspects! From nutrition, promotion of mindfulness, to self confidence!

I've seen this organization grow from the beginning, and the wonders I've seen and experienced are mind blowing!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been pleased to work very closely with The Sean O Shea Foundation for the past 7 years. These passionate yogis provide free yoga sessions for children undergoing chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants at our local children's hospital. I am continually awed at the skill and compassion of The Sean o Shea volunteers. This valuable service benefits the children and their families by easing their anxiety and pain, increasing energy and improving sleep and overall quality of life. But mostly the program provides valuable tools for self care that will last a lifetime. Heartfelt gratitude to this remarkable foundation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sean O'Shea Foundation is a phenomenal organization and the work they do is truly miraculous! I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner caring for children with cancer and their families here in San Diego. Thankfully cure rates have increased dramatically; today a child with cancer has over an 80% chance of cure! Although the treatments are highly effective they come with numerous side effects including nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain and disruption in sleep patterns. This is where the gifted Sean O Shea yoga volunteers come in. Over the last 8 years these dedicated volunteers visit our patients and their families three times per week offering private individualized yoga sessions tailored to the specific needs of the patient and family. The volunteers provide a very relaxed mindful environment enabling the families to fully benefit from the yoga practice. Families report a sense of calm and peace that lasts long after the yoga session is complete. Many of the troubling side effects of treatment are greatly alleviated. Patients consistently report less pain and anxiety along with less nausea. They report better sleep quality and overall improved quality of life. The volunteers equip the families with these tools to continue their yoga practice in between the sessions thereby empowering them in their fight against this disease. It is my deepest hope that these special patients grow up to be Yogi's for life! My heart is filled with deep gratitude for all of the special Sean O Shea volunteers who have touched our families at the most difficult part of their lives

Board Member

Rating: 5

I attendees yoga classes with Sean O'Shea. He was an extraordinary presence on earth who spirit continues to touch the lives of our youth through this foundation. In teaching for this organization I was moved at how valuable it was to offer this to high risk and high need children. I highly recommend any participation in helping fulfill their mission!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a great pleasure & truly rewarding to serve the children of our future in a positive way through yoga, mindfulness, & nutrition. To witnesss their transformation through the practice is a priceless gift - they are learning how to center & take care of themselves in a more loving way. I am excited for our future when I look into their eyes & know they have received the right tools through the Sean O'Shea Foundation to get through the rollercoaster that is life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have personally seen the change happen with these kiddos. What a phenomenal healing affect this program has on our disadvantaged youth and kids with cancer!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sean O'Shea Foundation exceeds all expectations by partnering with our school, SOAR Academy. Our school is located within Kearny Mesa's Juvenile Hall. The Sean O'Shea Foundation provides yoga class with an amazing yoga teacher to incarcerated, juvenile boys twice weekly, year-round. All of the boys in our unit of Juvenile Hall are experiencing PTSD symptoms and they have extreme stress responses including anger, suicidal behaviors, cutting behaviors, withdrawal, and many other symptoms of trauma. Our unit is actually called the Trauma Response Unit or TRU. Yoga is one of the only ways the students can calm down and reduce their stress. The Sean O'Shea Foundation (SOSF) is unique in that they provide a teacher that can adapt to our unique, and challenging, environment. There are days when the intercom rings twenty times during class. There are days when students are resistant. Yet, Marie, our teacher, that is provided by SOSF, persists and she is flexible to our students' exceptional needs. By serving the hundreds of students that move through our unit each year, SOSF, is affecting change in the lives of incarcerated juveniles that are often underserved and undervalued in our society. SOSF makes a lasting impact on our San Diego community because students will always be able to take the yoga and mindfulness skills that they learn in school with them as they exit our program. Thank you SOSF.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The SOF program has helped bring peace and wellness to our 4th and 5th grade students now for the past 6 years. Many of our students often experience stressful life situations such as poverty, immigration issues, sharing small apartments with other families or others, learning how to navigate an academic curriculum that does not match their linguistic or cultural backgrounds. Our students love it! They are learning to be more in tune with their breathing, be in the moment, practice mindfulness, and learn how to eat healthy. We are so grateful to have them work with a group of our students each year! The staff are so dedicated to this practice and to service--we are so appreciative of their dedication!

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is nothing like the benefits of yoga in helping "at risk" students experience the magic of a meditative practice that affects their mind, body and soul. Recent research show the great need for reflection is in enhancing learning and in addressing brain trauma as a result of a destructive past. Our students are labeled "at risk" because of being in a probationary or expelled status or are either a pregnant or parenting teen. The one hour yoga practice combined with nutrition classes is absolutely our weekly treat! Thank you Gloria for your vision to make this possible. And, thank you to all of you who have contributed with your support and donations to unfold Sean O' Shea Foundation's vision and legacy of love -Dr. Caroline Fernandez

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In a world filled with stress, anxiety, pressure and challenges children are growing confused, stressed and uncertain of who they are, what they want and where they are going.

Kids need to center and balance their life. They need a moment to STOP, think, breathe and care for themselves. Self-love, self-care, self-value are things that we forget and replace with the necessity to please others.

The Sean O'Shea Foundation provides children with the opportunity to make a much necessary STOP in their day. To break away from the pressure and gift themselves with a safe space to think.

The Sean O'Shea foundation offer classes that allow kids to carve one hour of their day to breath, meditate, think, and re-evaluate. It promotes friendship and values such as respect, honor, self-love, harmony and gratitude among others. I admire what they do because without SOSF some of these kids would not have the opportunity to sit on a yoga mat and practice this beautiful discipline.

The best part of this is that the children attending the SOSF classes are more likely to pass on that love, that gratitude and respect they learn to others. How amazing it would be that we could reach more children, teach more and more of them to love and respect others and themselves. That is exactly what our children need... Love and respect. Let's give them the opportunity to receive it and give it back.

Let's support the Sean O'Shea Foundation!
Ana

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with the SOSF "Yoga for Kids with Cancer Program" since the fall of 2011. We have worked at Rady's Children's Hospital's Hematology/Oncology wing, with countless kids, their siblings and parents. The gratitude and smiles we get, even in the midst of extremely challenging situations for these families, are instant proof that we are making a positive difference. We have kids that are there for many weeks clamoring to do yoga, to moo and mieow, or simply to take some slow breaths and fall asleep even as they start the session feeling cranky or anxious. Kids from ages 3 to 18 learn and benefit from yoga and breathing techniques, which they also use during their procedures and care.

Slfenske

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sean O'Shea foundation is a great non-profit ...teaching our future generations to be more mindful!! I am behind their intention 100%!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I feel so honored to aid in continuing Sean O'Shea's vision of empowering at-risk youth to their full potential. I crossed paths with the Sean O'Shea foundation when I meet Gloria O'Shea when we were taking our yoga teacher training program together. The past 3 years I have been able to watch this non-profit grow and blossom. We are always evolving; currently we started a Nutrition committee which I am co-chair. We are updating our nutrition and yoga programs yearly with new perspectives and wisdom. I work as a yoga teacher and Clinical Registered Dietitian and am so grateful to also be a part of SOSF because they are changing the lives of the children. Mindfulness and proper nutrition is priceless knowledge. Prevention is key and to help educate children and reduce their risk of nutrition related diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease is so rewarding!! Way to go SOSF!!

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Susan541

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member and volunteer with the Sean O'Shea Foundation for 3 years. I've had the privilege of seeing first hand how the yoga, mindfulness and nutrition programs the Foundation provides for at-risk youth and the highly engaged teachers and volunteers have an incredible positive impact on the population they serve. I've seen first hand, increases in empathy and compassion, developing habits of pausing and reflecting before reacting to stress and negative situations and a deep understanding of how the nutritional choices kids make impact their short and long term health.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.”

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Kristine20

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This non profit just keeps improving their service to children. They have expanded service to Radys Children's Hospital, they have created the Calm Kids Program and continue to grow with new programs

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Former staff

Rating: 5

The Sean O'Shea Foundation is a unique trail-blazer of empowering youth through mindful interactions, healthy nutrition, and yoga exercise. Not only do they change the lives of young students with their free programs provided to at-risk and low-income populations, but they reach beyond that initial success by extending their empowerment to another demographic in need of care - youths with cancer (and their family). Again, this is a trailblazing organization, inspired by the passion of a family seeking to memorialize their son's life-work by continuing his legacy of serving the communities who need it most. Not only do youths gain empowering experiences through these programs, but their families are often impacted to support healthier choices and lifestyles involving behavior, diet, and exercise.

If you're considering an innovative leader of the youth empowerment space, then absolutely consider SOSF, and maybe you could use some empowerment through mindful actions, healthy nutrition, and yoga exercise, too!

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is a beautiful testament to the great impact a grass roots organization can have with a simple idea to make children's lives better. We all need at least a little more mindfulness in our lives and the sooner we teach them nutrition the healthier they will be. There is so much to learn and so little education. The impact for many of these socioeconomically challenged children could be life changing. It is so effective because it comes right to the children in their schools. The Sean O'shea Foundation is a gift from God and his angel Sean.

1 Caroline37

Advisor

Rating: 5

Azusa Cal SAFE is a high school program for pregnant and teen parents. Our students are considered "at risk" because of difficult responsibilities and challenges specific to being premature parents. The Sean O'Shea Foundation's INTEGRATED YOGA and WELL-BEING curriculum offers a support service that makes such a difference in their lives. As they master the yoga poses and breathing, they are learning to be strong, flexible, to be self-awareness, meditate and control their mind. This has such a positive impact. We are so grateful to be recipients of their legacy. Imagine they are not only affect the parents but their babies as well, that's two generations at a time.

Kamlesh S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is incredible to watch the power of the Sean O'Shea Foundation continue to be a vital part of the community at large and our youth. As the teens at risk continue to grow, the Sean O'Shea Foundation members work diligently and directly with the participants to provide that essential education, source of wellness and refuge in their times of critical need. Those looking to connect to a fulfilling yoga class are sure to find positive experiences through these services. I am so honored to be a part of the foundation. Sean's spirit is always with me as a Yoga Teacher in my life, the same way his light reaches the hearts of our young yogis and yoginis. Thank you to all who support, contribute and offer whatever they are able to provide for this well deserving organization. Namaste.

Kamlesh Singh, MA, NMT, Published Yoga Author
www.yogavortex.com, www.kamsthaimassage.com

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Board Member

Rating: 4

The Sean Oshea Foundation is a great contribution to the world. Working with the family hss been inspiring, uplifting and incredible to be a part of. Sean was a gifted and extraordinary Yoga Teacher and friend that I was incredibly blessed to study with. His spirit will always be a part of my life and teachings of yoga. Serving for the foundation as a Board Member, Yoga Instructor and Advisor has been a great blessing. The experiences I have had have moved me to tears and added tremendous value to my life. I highly recommend participating in any way possible. The foundation embodies the essence of yoga; unity, connection, compassion and service to humanity. Thanks for your support. Namaste. Kam Singh, MA,RYT..

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Michelle317

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of SOF for going on 5 years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I specifically work with teenage parents, and the students I see every week are not only changing their own lives but also improving the quality of their babies. Without SOF, they would not have the opportunity to experience yoga and nutrition on a weekly basis. I love being a part of this movement!

Client Served

Rating: 4

My students and I were fortunate to be served by the Sean O'shea Foundation. Each week my students and I looked forward to participating in yoga and learning about healthy alternatives to sugary snacks. The Sean O'shea foundation has provided my students with an invaluable opportunity which most would be unable to afford.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Sean O' Shea Foundation holds a dear place in my heart for sentimental reasons, as Sean was one if the kindest & most charismatic persons I have met. To see the foundation grow from a thought to what it is now is a testament to dedication, passion, and perseverance. Listening to the participants of the program tell their experience gives it great validation, as they are all transformed by the experience.

Board Member

Rating: 5

when I watch the children and at risk teens ask for more after our free programs, it is amazing from the transition of "why are we doing this and poking and grousing, to, can you bring this back, we like yoga that we have never experienced as it relaxes us and helps us be more focused in our studies. also the nutrition info helps us understand there are different options to make us feel better and understand what processed and fast food does to our bodies! these children and teens see what sean tried to do and respect at the end the teachings we provide, asking for more. it is so heartwarming to see, after only 7 weeks of free after school programs the transformation and desire to improve more. we are limited based on funding to offer this to more, yet in over 5 years, we have grown, touching more lives. we grow slowly now with more contributions yet there is such a need to touch and empower more lives! we have gratitude for the change we give these children and teens and are slowly growing with more programs with rady children's hospital and short awareness programs. honor our children with more

KristineS

Advisor

Rating: 5

What impresses me most about SOSF are the results. Not just anecdotal results, but real data demonstrates the benefits SOSF and their programming are providing for the kids they work with. These kids improve their grades, have lower disciplinary incidents, become leaders to their peers and are healthier than those who don't have the opportunity to participate. They learn the most valuable lessons, like self-discipline and respect. They are loved unconditionally while on the safe space of their yoga mats. The dedication of Gloria and her team of teachers is an impressive labor of love. They put the kids first and it shows. I can't think of a better way to help at-risk schools or kids than to support this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sean O'shea Foundations does wonderful work with students. I have hosted the program at my school and whitened first hand the powerful transformation students can go through when practicing yoga with this program. The program does not only provide much needed strength and flexibility for students. It also helps with body control, mental strength, and stress management. All area where today's youth can struggle. I also enjoyed the focus on health eating and living a healthy lifestyle. It is a very worthwhile program for all who participate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about this organization. It's well-organized, professional, but also personal, extensive, friendly and educational, all at the same time. They are extremely dedicated and the results speak for themselves. It's rare to find such a win-win situation, but this is one of them! I know the Sean O'shea Foundation has changed so many kid's lives. Hands down the best program I have ever participated in. This is a great way to immerse yourself in such a positive, healthy, vibrant, life-changing charity that directly helps our youth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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?

Debra73

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a resource coordinator for a small school district with a high free/reduced lunch population. Our district has been the lucky recipients of scholarships from the Sean O'Shea Foundation for the last few years. This program is amazing! They work with us to fit the needs of our students. The student population is 17% Native American and they do not have access to many extra curricular activities. My own son has been able to participate and he loves yoga so much now! One of the best programs I have ever worked with!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a donor of this wonderful Foundation for five years now and I believe in what it stands for wholeheartedly. The Foundation has made a difference in the lives of the children and it teaches the children the fundamentals of yoga, in addition to learning good nutrition and practices. The children will learn life long skills and these skills will make a difference in their lives for the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Good Morning. I am the counselor at our K-8 Charter School, this is our 3rd year working with the Sean O'Shea Foundation and I am so happy to say that our kids LOVE yoga! Our middle school boys show up and participate with pride. I have witnessed so much peaceful growth in our students that receive yoga training. I strongly believe this helps to empower the boys as well as spread the peaceful perspective to other students on campus. I look forward to continuing to work with the foundation next year and in the years to come!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The O'Shea Foundation has been great to Los Altos High School. First, they did a class with our counselors, and some students. When the counselors schedule filled up, and could not keep the class, the Football Team has got involved. We have 60 kids a week being taught yoga by the Foundation. They have been spectacular. The kids have been really receptive to the teachings, and the instructors have gone above and beyond to be great teachers. I never imagined yoga could capture the minds of 60 teenage meat-heads, and the O'Shea Foundation has done for our program. They have provided mats, and everything the kids need to be successful, Without the foundation, maybe one or two of these kids would have the opportunity to experience on their own.

Ashley-Nicole F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sean O'Shea foundation is such an amazing community of caring, intelligent, inspiring humans. So happy I had the experience of being a part of the foundation.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Sean O' Shea Foundation Board since its inception. Fortunate to have known Sean personally for a short time, I continue to be inspired by all he embodied. It is that spirit that drives the foundation. The programs the Sean O' Shea Foundation offers have impacted- 9,000 kids and counting! What is amazing is that not one child has had to pay a single penny! Through the efforts of a driven and charismatic leader and role model, Gloria O' Shea, the foundation continues to grow. As a small business owner, it is an honor to serve and represent an organization that does so much with so little. I love that the foundation focuses on our communities youth, so that we can make a difference for generations to come.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I knew Sean O' Shea personally. He was a "golden" personality. He embodied the highest character, discipline and service. Gloria, Sean's mother, continues to carry his spirit through the work of the foundation. I have seen it grow in it's impact with the sole purpose of bringing well-being to the youth with an emphasis on low-income and under-privileged youth. The knowledge to maintain health is priceless and should not be confined to those who can afford it. Bringing the knowledge of well-being to all people is truly divine work. The Sean O' Shea Foundation is a beautiful organization that provides a wonderful and necessary service to the community. Thank you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sean O'Shea Foundation is a remarkable organization that reaches out to educate and empower thousands of youth in San Diego and Los Angeles, CA. As a volunteer and board member for the last 3 years I have seen first hand the positive difference they have made to our at-risk youth and patients with Rady's Children's Hospital. They offer a 7 week, year round or custom program that teaches optimistic mental awareness, yoga postures and proper nutrition. They currently teach elementary and up to high school students. The organization is made up some of the most kind and generous people I have ever met along with an incredible amount of education and experience. I found this organization through an article in the newspaper featuring their work in San Diego schools. Every since I have been involved and watched the foundation grow and improve every year. They do great work and I will always support them! Stephanie D P

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first heard of the Sean O'Shea foundation when a family member of mine suggested I get involved. I wanted to take part in bettering my community and combining my interest of yoga and child development. Never before have I met so many intelligent people, passionately committed to helping children and teens in their community. The Sean O'Shea foundation is such a wonderful foundation to be a part of, everyone is beyond friendly. No one has their own personal agenda, rather each member is there in hopes of improving the world in their own way. Everything operates so cohesively, and Gloria is an extremely organized and approachable leader which is deeply appreciated. I am so grateful to be a part of the foundation and I would suggest it to anyone looking to become part of something biggest themselves. Along the way you will meet some amazing people and feel the excitement of putting your wonderful empathetic traits to use.

Tim_29

Donor

Rating: 5

This is great organization with most of the donations going directly to providing services to children who really need these programs. From what I have seen, all of the administrative functions are covered by volunteers and all donations go directly to providing yoga equipment and instructors at no cost to well deserving youth. Keep up the good work.