About Inner Strength

Inner Strength was established in 2014 to foster inner strength for outer stability in today’s youth. We provide school mindfulness and systems thinking programs to train teens to use life-long learning and mental wellness tools. We also cultivate wholesome learning environments by providing stress reduction programs for teachers. We believe that realizing the promise of our shared future rests on supporting the youth of today to become curious, caring, and creative leaders of tomorrow.


Board of Directors

Advisory Board

Brendon Jeremi-Jobs
Joshua Kisver is Vice President of Finance & CFO for the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), a world leader in promoting quality health care. He has over 18 years of management and financial experience in the not-for-profit industry and is a certified public accountant. Joshua also serves on the Board and is Treasurer for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children – Philadelphia County. He received his BBA from Temple University and his MBA from Drexel University.


Our organization runs on the creativity and passion of our talented team.

Lina holds a Masters in Mindfulness for Educators from Antioch University, and in addition to bringing her 13 years of dedicated mindfulness practice to ISF, she is also working as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Mindfulness for Educators Master’s and Certification programs. She is a certified school teacher in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and has over seventeen years of teaching experience in both the US and abroad.


The following ISF instructors have successfully completed the Inner Strength teacher training for the Teen Program, including mindfulness, cultural development, and primary theories of adolescent neuroscience and are part of our current teaching roster. All active instructors participate in weekly professional development sessions, continually deepening their knowledge, skill set, and ability to work together as a supportive cohort.

Haylee Warner is a trauma-sensitive yoga instructor and holistic health and wellness counselor with a focus on Ayurveda. She brings her expertise and sensitivity to the classroom, coupled with her expertise in the creative movement arts.

Thank you advisors & volunteers!

Ben Van Loon, Chicago
Adrian Hopkins, Temple Univ.
Meg Levitin, Jerusalem
Emma Fox, Philadelphia
Sonali Pandhe, Texas
Reem Larabi, Philadelphia
Talolupe Adekunle, Philadelphia

Certified Teachers

Please contact ISF to see if there is a certified Inner Strength instructor in your area

2020 Alumni
2019 Alumni
2018 Alumni
2017 Alumni
2016 Alumni
2015 Alumni


Independent Research Study

The Philadelphia School Board approved an independent study conducted by Syracuse University, Department of Public Health. Student progress was evaluated using two standard measures: the Adolescent Self Regulatory Index and the Neff Self Compassion Scale. Read more here. 

Lead Researchers:

Dr. Dessa Bergen-Cico
Dr. Rachel Razza


Thank you Donors!

A Huge Thank You! to our Partners


Inner Strength Foundation thanks all of our generous donors for their ongoing support. We are especially appreciative of those community businesses that have extended their support of our city’s youth.