Our deep gratitude
Dear Friend of The Inner Resilience Program,
We are happy to share that together we reached our ONE-to-ONE Matching Campaign goal in cooperation with the 1440 Foundation to raise $50,000 by December 15th! Thank you to each and every one of you who donated funds, forwarded our message on to others, or liked us on Facebook. We are honored by your belief in our work and your continued support! This $100,000 will ensure that we can continue to share IRP's message with teachers, administrators and ultimately the children in our schools all across the US and beyond.
If you are reading this and for some reason missed the deadline, please feel free to make a donation at any time via our website's donate now button. As a non-profit we can always use your support and we still have some hope that with additional funds we will be able to bring back our yearly residential retreat for the administrators we work with!
We are also excited to report that on December 14th, 60 Minutes aired a wonderful 13 minute piece hosted by Anderson Cooper who espoused the benefits of Mindfulness, in a variety of settings. Watch Now Jon Kabat-Zinn and Congressman Tim Ryan were interviewed and there is a very brief mention of the million dollar federal grant we received a few years ago which enabled us to implement IRP work in the Warren and Youngstown City School Districts. This work is still going on today and will be supported by the funds we just raised. During the 2014-2015 school year, as our work in New York City, Ohio, Mamaroneck and Connecticut continues, there are many other schools that could benefit from IRP's message. Thank you again for helping us raise over $100,000 to continue to do the work that is ours to do. We promise to be wise and careful stewards of these funds.
Linda Lantieri, Founding Director
The Inner Resilience Program
Linda Lantieri interviewed by Eduard Punset.
Our Mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice.
The Inner Resilience Program (IRP) was founded by Director Linda Lantieri in the spring of 2002 in response to the effects of the events of September 11, 2001 on New York City schools. The aim was to equip school staff and parents with the skills necessary to build back their inner strength and resilience, and to model this way of being for the children in their care. Since the beginning, the implementation of IRP has included weekend residential retreats for school staff, professional development workshops, individual stress reduction sessions and parent workshops at school sites. The program also includes opportunities for teachers to nurture their inner lives through weekly yoga classes and monthly sessions in which school staff are introduced to many self-care strategies including a variety of contemplative practices. IRP has also developed and piloted a k-8 curriculum: Building Resilience from the Inside Out.
It became clear that the work being implemented in schools in lower Manhattan had broader implications to the field of education in general. Public school teachers all over the city and the country were overstressed and close to burnout. Many of them needed help managing the new challenges facing them inside the classroom and out. However, before expanding the work further, IRP embarked on a randomized control research study of 57 NYC teachers and 855 students to measure its effects on reducing teachers’ stress levels and classroom climate. Treatment group teachers showed a significant decrease in their stress levels, and an increase in mindfulness and relational trust. Third and fourth grade students of teachers in the treatment group showed a significant increase in autonomy and influence and a decrease in frustration levels.
Since IRP began, we have continued our work in the New York City Schools and developed programs in the Warren and Youngstown City School District in Ohio with a generous grant from the Federal Department of Education, the Mamaroneck School District, NY, the South Burlington School District, Vermont and well as a pilot program in Madrid Spain. Since IRP began, over 6,000 school staff, 3,000 parents and over 40,000 students have been served.