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 ten million mindful children by 2020. A goal we accomplished because of you. Thank you!
With a big ahhhhhh we ease into summer! What does summer mean to you? How do you plan to spend your summer? As we contemplate these things, others may find that summer is a source of stress or possibly worse.
Families in disadvantaged communities often struggle finding healthy supervised options for children, increasing the likelihood of substance abuse during summer months. With the current opioid epidemic, this is extremely dangerous and heartbreaking. But there is hope... and that hope is you.
We have been following many aspects of opioid addiction, otherwise known as the “disease of despair” and have taken action. Inner Explorer gifted one of our programs to a community in West Virginia, the state with the highest rate of death by overdose, and of babies born dependent on drugs, in the United States. Addiction can happen to anyone, even those who think “not me; not my kids/grandkids”, and it can devastate a whole community. Mindfulness has been proven to help those suffering with addiction.
A study done at the University of Utah proves that mindfulness can significantly decrease pain, functional impairment, opioid craving and opioid misuse (study to be published this summer).
It has become an overwhelming situation nationwide, so, how do we keep hope alive? We come together as a caring society! We help support those that can make an impact. Inner Explorer takes this situation seriously and we can all make a difference. Your donation today can help us provide mindfulness to classrooms nationwide. We can help those affected by opioids. According to Principal Hardman in West Virginia, “the school was qualitatively different; large numbers of kids were absolutely impacted by Inner Explorer’s mindfulness program. The vast majority of children had a much better year. Big fires were few and far between. We saw significant changes in classrooms throughout the school”.
Ease into summer with a sense of caring and compassion. Donate today and we will continue to help out communities such as the one in West Virginia.
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 highest academic gains in reading (initially 10 of 28 students were below grade level, at the end of the year 0 of 28 were below, 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 done with fidelity. The investment of 5-10 minutes daily, comes back to you exponentially! Programs such as this should be required 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 traumatized as that was the grade that lost Martin. By continuing to participate in IE each day after the bombing, IE served as good 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 to provide immediate positive effects and short enough as to not 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, Assistant Principal