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!
What happens when your entire community is destroyed by a wildfire?
Beginning on November 8, 2018, everything changed for an entire community when the deadliest and most destructive fire in California’s history swept through Paradise. Known as the Camp Fire, this tragedy took 86 lives and destroyed 13,900 homes. Imagine what it must be like to find yourself, and many of your neighbors, friends, and family members homeless and grieving. Everything is difficult. Your community, and with it, your support systems are gone. Many teachers lost their homes and three weeks later were back in the
classroom, holding the trauma of their students, needing to push aside their own. With care and compassion, Inner Explorer reached out to the victims of the Camp Fire. We offered a workshop for interested teachers in Chico*, CA. No one knew if anyone would come, but over 60 teachers crammed into a classroom to learn about how mindfulness could support them.
*Chico and Paradise are contiguous. All of the Paradise schools were burned and have relocated to communities nearby, Chico being one of them. Many Chico teachers lost their homes as well.
Daybreaker helps Inner Explorer Bring Mindfulness to Paradise Schools with the help of LG Electronics
Daybreaker, LLC is a morning dance party that starts the day with energy & intention and closes with mindfulness. On March 20th, the International Day of Happiness, Daybreaker and LG Electronics chose to donate all proceeds from their dance at the One World Observatory in NYC to Inner Explorer. Many of the Inner Explorer classrooms joined in the fun and broke into dance to celebrate!
Enough funds were raised to support mindfulness in nine schools that burned in the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. We are grateful for their generosity and support.
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