Educators on the effect and value of the Inner Strength Teen Program

“Without a doubt, young people need the mental skills that enable them to learn, understand themselves, and relate to others as they move toward taking their place in the world as adults. The Inner Strength Teen Program is designed to cultivate these wholesome habits of mind through mindfulness, self-discovery, and engagement with others. Rooted in mindfulness practice, the curriculum is unique in its inclusion of social and cultural history, which offers a particularly important perspective for adolescents who experience its impact on their daily lives. This very accessible program offers an engaging, compassionate, and culturally relevant experience for youth and can be of great value to them at this critically important time in their lives.”

Patricia Broderick, Ph.D.
Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center
Pennsylvania State University
Author of Learning to Breathe

“Amy Edelstein’s work with our teachers and staff has helped them to remain balanced, healthy, and self-aware. Our teachers and staff learned and practiced mindfulness techniques that not only supported their own well-being, but also that of their students. All in all, Ms. Edelstein’s ability to incorporate mindfulness techniques, along with her wide array of personal experiences, benefitted our staff greatly.”
Daniel Gofreddo
Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education
Great Valley School District, Malvern, PA

“When our school expanded meditation for more students, the results were palpable throughout the school. Students are now calmer, less reactive, and generally seem more content and focused. Many thanks!”
Karen Thomas
Bodine High School for International Affairs, Philadelphia, PA

“Our students definitely benefited from participating in the Inner Strength Teen Mindfulness class. They said that they were glad to practice in school because they might not have done so on their own, and it was a well-needed time to relax during a hectic school day. Some also said that the benefits continued beyond the class period as it helped them to ward off stress and sleep better at night. Many were excited to learn a skill that is useful now and will also be useful in the future.”
Heather Marcus
Guidance Counselor
J.R. Masterman High School, Philadelphia, PA

“In our incredibly complicated world, it’s good to know that we, as a school, are not only preparing our students academically, but also giving them the tools provided through mindfulness training. Our students report that they are now able to “Stop and take a look at what’s really going on inside.”
Sydney Bassman
Guidance Counselor
Bodine High School for International Affairs, Philadelphia, PA

Students on their experience in the Inner Strength teen program:

“I am going to apply what I’ve learned from this class to real life when I go to college by being open-minded and also very real. Mindfulness has allowed me to realize what is wrong from right.”

“By using mindfulness and self-control, I was able to refrain from doing something that would probably affect me. I stepped back and realized that it wasn’t worth it.”

“Before this program came to our school, I often felt like breaking down because I would have so much homework and studying to do in such a short amount of time. I felt like I didn’t even have time to just breathe. Then, I learned how taking five minutes every day to focus on my breathing or how my body feels would let me work more efficiently while stressing less.”

“I know more about the brain and the way others may think or function in everyday life. I know how my peers may react to certain situations now and I can learn to act accordingly.”

“I like to use the meditations before I have to study because it clears my mind and helps me stay focused on what I’m going to study.”

“It’s very useful to understand when I am putting myself down and to have the will-power to stop it; to know how to calm down and readjust myself after feeling like I failed something.”

“I think this is a great program for all students because they could learn how to control their thoughts and de-stress, and make school more peaceful.”

“The most interesting thing I think we’ve studied is the impact of cultural change on the mindset of the society’s generations.”

“Recently, I had to do a presentation in English class. Normally I would get nervous so much that I would start to shake and then lose my train of thought. Now when presenting I have become more mindful and it is a lot easier to collect my thoughts and ideas, as well as control my breathing!”

“This has taught me more about my body and my feelings, and the correlation between the two. I feel as though without this class, I most likely would have gone on living my life ignorant about the way I feel and how it affects my body, both mentally and physically.”

“If it were up to me, I would have the meditation class every day. It is just so peaceful, and helps you find a better place in life.”

“I learned about perspective with meditation. The teachers often talked about being in the present moment and separating yourself from your feelings, and this helped me see if I’m overreacting to things. For example, if this is bothering me right now, will it matter in a couple of days, weeks, or months or years?”

“I really appreciated the program. During the beginning of this program, I was suffering from insomnia. I couldn’t sleep at all. This program really helped me because I learned ways to calm my anxiety, relax, and fall asleep at night.”

“In this meditation class, I learned to look at things from multiple perspectives. When I am working on something tough, I can look at the benefits of whatever I’m working on to encourage myself to keep working on it. This way, something very boring or painful can become something fun.”

“Mindfulness practices led me into a state of a clear heart and mind. This experience was different from what I’ve experienced in any class.”

“I learned how to get rid of some of my deepest darkest thoughts. I discovered that I do not need to feel anxious or scared of a huge event like a test. Instead, I should just calm down and take things slow and that actually helps me do better.”

“The mindfulness program is a really great program and I am glad that I was exposed to it, and I will continue to do meditation in the future. The best part was the feeling that these meditation exercises really helped.”

“I think this should be shared at all schools because it may change someone’s life.”

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