Dear Friends! Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your time to be here. We're coming to you to ask for financial support with bringing back mindfulness and mentoring to students in the Greater New Haven Area.
Connecticut is struggling with a mental health crisis within our youth population. Due to the pandemic, their social life has been cut off and limited to social media. According to the 211 data, the hotline received about 60,000 mental health calls between Feb 2020 and Feb 2021. We can only begin to imagine the number of incidents that weren’t reported to 211.
Since 2017, Elm Village has been facilitating mindfulness courses and mentorship for students in New Haven and Hamden Public Schools. We have also actively been working with Military Veterans at The Columbus House. Our mission is to bring education on mindfulness, trauma, mental health and social emotional management to all communities and schools. Our efforts are in hopes to prevent or aid trauma responses, re-traumatization, exploitation of students, and social vices.
In just one year, we had the honor to run 13 different programs going throughout the county, reaching over 2000 students a week. Due to Covid-19, our on-campus programming came to a stop indefinitely. Without the capablity to work inside schools, our total funding decreased 85%. We lost majority of our staff, which limited our reach. Our company had to transition to a virtual learning model. Unfortunately, we only reached around 30 students. On the upside, we had the opportunity to help families with food and other essential resources.
Your contribution will help us create virtual workshops (50 Students Max), in-person workshops (15-20 Students) and one on one coaching sessions, that families can take advantage of. Elm Village has set a goal to reach 3000 students a week with the virtual workshops this year. This will have a great impact on how our future leaders will approach dealing with mental health, adversities, community issues and much more. The cost to mentor one student is $32.50. To run an hour and half workshop is $170.00.
What Is Trauma?
Trauma is experiencing a deeply painful event, emotionally or physically. Experiencing trauma can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - which can result in hallucinations, combativeness, outbursts, flash-backs, anxiety and depression.
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the ability to focus on what's happening in the present moment. With mindfulness students have greater awareness of their intentions for themselves and others. This creates a healthy habit of unchaining themselves from negative or unhelpful thoughts. Trauma and mental health disorders hold students back from establishing or achieving personal goals. Mindfulness teaches individuals how to find creative ways to reflect, process, and express any thought. Our groups allow students to communicate their thoughts and feelings with others in a safe and comfortable environment. The goal is to turn this learned behavior into a habit where students create a healthy life and purposeful relationships.
Our alternative mindfulness practices have elevated the traditional practices, such as meditation and yoga. This has really captured the attention of students. Here is a glance at a few of our mindfulness courses:
Mindfulness and Real Talk
The purpose of the Mindfulness and Real Talk course is to develop mindful communication. We encourage participants to bring topics of conversation, such as “having a loved one incarcerated” or “letting people down.” Each course begins and ends with a brief meditation exercise. These mindfulness exercises extend into our conversations. One of the most powerful aspects of this course is that it is co-led by men and women who can share real life experiences. Their perspective and honesty engage the participants and offer a model of relatable people engaging in meditation.
Mindfulness and Creative Art
The Mindfulness and Creative Art course is designed to introduce an alternative to meditation. Creative Art is naturally a mindful practice by the way it keeps people focused and concentrated on the task at hand. This course is for people who have no art talents to the professional artists. These classes will teach participants how to be more intuned and excited about the process rather than the end goal.
The Movement course uses participants’ existing relationships with their bodies as a starting point for helping them mindfully engage with the present. Often, people who have experienced depression and trauma experience disconnection from their physical bodies. This course will allow participants to start safely re-inhabit their bodies through a variety of slow, medium, and fast paced meditative movement practices. Furthermore, mindful movement also allows for people with a passion for dance, the ability to embrace the stresses of life and express them through dance movement. Yoga allows ease of stress and promotes relaxation by releasing tension from the muscles and joints.
Mindfulness and Mental Health Recovery
The Mindfulness and Mental Health Recovery course focuses on teaching mindfulness practices that focus on creating a deeper awareness of emotional states. By fostering the skill of non-judgmentally witnessing emotions, participants can generate space wherein they can more skillfully respond to distressing emotions and thoughts. This class also teaches practices that reduce participants’ shame, increases their interpersonal effectiveness, and promotes their self-empowerment.
Mindfulness and Recovery
The Mindfulness and Recovery course focuses on the instruction of mindfulness practices that assist participants directly with sustained substance abuse recovery. By teaching mindfulness, participants learn to develop an awareness of their triggers, impulsivity, and habitual methods for coping with stress or trauma. We also integrate mindfulness practices into the 12-steps, with a focus on the serenity prayer and its call to skillfully create positive change.
Thank you again for stopping and clicking on our campaign. Every dollar will help us get a step closer to bridging this gap. We appreciate your time and support.
Peace & Love