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!
A quote from the hit musical “Hamilton.” George Washington is letting Hamilton know that because of his prominent role in the American Revolutionary War, he is being watched and recorded by history itself. History is watching all of us as we respond to the challenges of racial equity in the U.S. Nationwide, individuals, families, communities and corporations are re-examining their roles and responsibilities.
July is BIPOC Mental Health Month giving all of us the opportunity to acknowledge the unique wellness struggles of Black, Indigenous and People of Color.
At this time Inner Explorer is re-committed in our efforts to:
Mindfulness can help all of us become conscious of our biases and alert enough to fight inequity and injustice. Read Inner Explorer’s social justice statement on our website and let’s allow history’s eyes to see all of us as contributing to positive change.
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