There are many ways that you can get involved with the Holistic Youth Project. We are always looking for volunteers, supplies, and monetary support. If you live in the ...
The Holistic Youth Project has created and is piloting an 18 week mindfulness based curriculum aimed at empowering and enlightening the youth of the region. Using tools of yoga, mindfulness, & self-care HYP ...
Holistic Education Leadership Program: H.E.L.P.
H.E.L.P. is a program devloped with Sienna College where HYP works with college students to bring mindfulness based practices into local schools. HYP trains the students in meditation and mindfulness and the college kids then tutor/advise the K-12 students, helping them with school work and test prep. HYP staff teaches the college students to develop their personal practice and to teach basic stress reduction exercises to youth.
Educare is training and services for teachers in mindfulness based exercises and yoga. HYP staff visits schools to offer education on the science, history, and practice of yoga and mindfulness. HYP staff also offers opportunities for staff to engage in self-care practices such as Restorative Yoga, Deep Relaxation, or Meditation. These classes are often offered once a week at a school and are proven to help reduce teacher burnout. In addition, we have a teacher’s portal available through our website that offers practices that are relatable to what the students learn in school. Our teacher’s also teach at various wellness centers in the Capital District and offer additional services there.
Alive and Thrive: Half and Full Year Curriculum
Alive and Thrive are classes that can be incorporated into a regular school calendar. HYP teachers work closely with students and staff to pave paths of self-fulfillment and happiness. A typical school year program includes 1 day of meeting with every class for 1 hour.
Mindful Moments are streaming videos teacher’s can play that are 5 minutes and under. Mindful Moments is composed of mindfulness practices including meditation, breathing exercises, inspirational stories, and contemplations. These moments are based upon themes of ethics, values, and build upon Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
After School Programs
Ecowatch is an after-school program for inner-city schools where students take field trips to local nature preserves and do mindfulness based exercises in nature. This program was developed with Sienna College.
Club Yoga is an after-school program that happens on site. It begins with yoga and a mindfulness practice and then students and their HYP teachers dive into their homework. Once they get a little learning done, they are rewarded with fun mindfulness based games that foster healthy social interaction and laughter.
HYP partners with local yoga studios and wellness centers to offer kids K-12 yoga and mindfulness based classes. These classes are packed with fun games that foster healthy social interaction, laughter, and peace.
We currently work with the following local organizations:
1. Center for Disability Services
2. The Hot Yoga Spot
3. Shambhala Meditation Center
4. Mindful Educators of the Capital Region
5. Sienna College
6. Albany Leadership Charter High School
The Holistic Youth Project's (HYP) programs include activites such as breathing exercises, movement (yoga postures), brain breaks (meditation), mindfulness exercises, team building activities, lessons in self-care or the science of breathing/mindfulness, art/art therapy and journaling. Click here to learn more about the activities included in our curriculum. The following is a list of our programming, many of our programs are offered on a sliding scale basis to support a school's needs. Please contact us to learn more.