Inner Explorer created Mission Moments to keep you updated on the impact your support and generosity has on those we serve. We want to share not only program developments, but also the stories that warm our hearts and fuel our mission to reach one million mindful children by 2020. A goal we accomplished because of you. Thank you!
The mental and emotional well-being of our youth is in a fragile state because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the deep inequities and systemic racism that afflict our society.
Suicide can affect us all as our team here at Inner Explorer experienced when one of our team members lost her teenage nephew. “In the days that followed my nephew’s death, a grief counselor explained to us that many suicide victims don’t want to die, they just want to stop the pain.” – Mary R., Inner Explorer
With September being Suicide Prevention Month, we wanted to take this opportunity to shine a light on how to provide support to struggling teens during this time. First, practicing mindfulness with Inner Explorer can help. In fact, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs are proven to lessen depression, suicide ideation, and even suicidal behaviors. Please consider donating to Inner Explorer (link to NFG) as we work to address this teen catastrophe by bringing mindfulness to classrooms and homes through our programs. Additionally, you can visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to determine if (and how) you can help those in crisis.
Thank you for your continued support. Together, we will continue working to bring mindfulness to every student, every day.
Mindfully, The Inner Explorer Team
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