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Inner Strength and COVID-19 Supports

Greetings: This is a time when we are all able to slow down and appreciate the many ways others are there for us, ways that communities support each other, and the most essential ways that we are one human family. First, from Inner Strength, we thank you for all you do for so many, from enabling organizations like ours to …

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Instructor Spotlight

The vital work of Inner Strength could not be accomplished without the dedication of our instructors, so we’re going to be featuring some of our talented team in the Instructor Spotlight. Get to know the faces and people who give so much to move this work forward. For March, we’d like to introduce you to Lina Blanchet.    How did …

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Evolve Radio Explores Transformation for Troubled Teens

by Alyson Showell LaPorta How do we create a life and value system that creates a better world? If that seems like a huge, complicated question – that’s because it is! But it’s a question that needs to be asked – and answered – which Amy Edelstein did as a recent guest on Thomas Steinenger’s podcast Radio evolve Global. The …

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Protecting Your Inner Peace

by Alyson Showell LaPorta On Feb. 5th, Amy Edelstein and Alyson Showell LaPorta made their second appearance on “The Heart of the City” hosted by Malik Boyd on WWDM-AM, Talk 860 Radio. The theme of the show was “Protecting Your Inner Peace.” Together with Naimah Wilson, a mental health advocate, we spoke about various tools and strategies to protect an …

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Mindfulness at the 3rd Annual Mentoring Conference

On Saturday, January 25th, Inner Strength was privileged to participate in the 3rd Annual Mentoring Conference. Hosted by State Senator Art Haywood at LaSalle University, the conference focused on the importance of mentorship in molding the lives of youth. Inner Strength was among a half dozen presenters who shared invaluable information about mindfulness, trauma- informed mentoring, sourcing quality mentors, and …

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Wholeness, the Place We Heal From

Human beings are delicate creatures. We are sensitive, intuitive, emotional. Our sensitivity is our evolution. It is also our vulnerability. We feel, and we are easily bruised. Our skins are porous to let the world in and let our love out. We aspirate through our skin. We breathe each other in and we breathe our hearts out. Even when we …

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Inner Strength Foundation Radio Interview

On Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 Amy Edelstein and Alyson Showell LaPorta will be appearing on a local radio show to talk about the work of Inner Strength Foundation and Amy’s book, The Conscious Classroom. The show is called The Heart of the City and can be found on WWDB-AM. Inner Strength will be the featured guests during the 2pm hour. It …

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that we are in 2020 – the beginning of a new decade, new beginnings, and new opportunities. Here at Inner Strength, we’ve been keeping busy. Here are just a few of the things that we’ve been up to. In November, Amy presented with Dr. Rachel Razza from Syracuse University at the Spirituality in …

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Philadelphia Inquirer Features Inner Strength!

Happy December! It’s hard to believe that we’re almost at the end of another year, but here we are! We wanted to take a moment to share some amazing news with everyone. We’ve been hard at work this year, providing teens with mindfulness tools, stress reduction activities, systems thinking, and perspective changes. We’ve been accomplishing that with the help of …

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People, Place, Pivot Points

Last month, I was in a crowded reception room filled with 300 of Philadelphia’s visionaries, activists, and funders. It was a lively and friendly gathering. Lots of passionate voices discussing everything from the accomplishments of the new district attorney, to a start up incubator lab for social entrepreneurs, to the great hors d’oeuvres. Before the evening was over, I would …