The year of 2020 has been full of challenges – yet also full of hope and awareness. Our team at Inner Explorer is extremely grateful to continue reaching over one million students this year through our supporters like you.
As we look ahead, we are inspired by how mindfulness has contributed to advancements in social equity, mental health and education. We continue to ask ourselves: How can we lead change? This month, we deemed one starting point as a movement called #MyInnerCompass. Our mission through #MyInnerCompass is to make mindfulness an integral part of education through Inner Explorer programs.
While programs for Pre-K through grade 12 are a primary focus, we also recognize the importance of educators and families getting involved – increasing the benefits of mindfulness for all. This is why we continue to improve and expand our offerings, including the Inner Explorer @HOME App, which allows families to simply press play and practice mindfulness together. Additionally, our school programs are designed so that educators can practice alongside their students – no extra prep work required.
By teaching the skills of self-awareness, emotional regulation and attention through mindfulness at a young age, these skills are more likely to become part of a child’s identity – shaping their own inner compass. Through the #MyInnerCompass movement, students, educators, families and donors are encouraged to engage their inner compass through mindful words and actions – creating a domino effect as kindness, empathy and gratitude is extended outwards.
As we’ve learned through the pandemic, election and widespread unrest – these social and emotional skills are not simply a “nice to have,” but rather, a necessity to address difficulties and divide with empathy and compassion.
“To continue expanding our work to more students, educators and families, we rely on the support of our community. As Giving Tuesday approaches on December 1, we would greatly appreciate it if you shared this page with family and friends who might also support our mission. Recurring monthly donations contribute directly to improve programs and serve communities in times of need, such as during COVID-19.
We are so grateful for your time, action and generosity towards our work. Together, we create a mindful world.
Last year we piloted one class with Inner Explorer’s mindfulness program. The one class who used it was the calmest class with the fewest incident reports (0 versus an average of 25 in the other classrooms!) and had the high estacademic gains in reading (initially 10 of 28 students werebelow grade level, at the end of the year 0 of 28 werebelow, including several special needs students!). We are expanding into all the classrooms this year.Principal, Sarasota, FL
Inner Explorer is very user friendly and easy to implement. We have seen a dramatic increase in the positive behaviors of the students in the classrooms where the program is donewith fidelity. The investment of 5-10 minutes daily, comes back to you exponentially! Programs such as this should berequired in all schools! Ileana Mellan, Principal,Mater Academy.
We had just started IE a few months prior to the marathon bombing in Boston. Third grade was particularly traumatizedas that was the grade that lost Martin. By continuing toparticipate in IE each day after the bombing, IE served asgood trauma first-aid for several reasons: Maintaining familiar routines and rituals Ongoing teaching of calm down strategies. A safe space and sense of security. Helped teachers and students with self-care Director of Special Ed and Student Support.
Inner Explorer has empowered our students to handle stress, anxiety, and negative emotions in a constructive manner. The 5-10 minute guided audio practices are long enough toprovide immediate positive effects and short enough as tonot disrupt instructional time. Teachers have said that they themselves have used the mindfulness strategies to reduce their own stress. Inner Explorer is simple to use, empowers students and teachers to self-regulate their emotions, and their team is always readily available to answer questions/address concerns Aida Trujillo, AssistantPrincipal