About Us

Mission

The purpose of the Shakti Youth Project is to promote global awareness, self-awareness and a sense of self-efficacy in young people from under served and impoverished communities of the U.S. and Central America. SYP seeks to build a movement around social learning as an essential aspect of secondary education.

We believe that peace and sustainable growth in communities is possible when as individuals we break through our own perceived limits, biases, and personal misconceptions to find wider self and global awareness. We are dedicated to creating opportunities to youth for personal growth, cross-cultural connection, and exploration through the practice of yoga, meditation, travel and service.

What We Believe

Shakti Youth Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that EMPOWERS youth from different backgrounds, cultures, and communities by CONNECTING them with each other and with positive adult role models.  We believe that peace and sustainable growth in communities is possible when as individuals we break through our own perceived limits, biases, and personal misconceptions to find wider self and global awareness.  By doing this, we inspire ourselves and the youth and communities around us to CREATE a world we want to live in.

Our staff, our board, and our programming embrace the following values:

1. Accountability in our personal interactions, in our commitments, and as a member of the global environment

2. Exploration of self, our communities, and beyond all perceived limits, maintaining a curious mind

3. Perseverance in the face of adversity, confusion, or unexpected events

4. Focus: setting goals with a clear mind and open intuition

5. Service to others and ourselves as compassionate, whole beings

What We Do

Through yoga and travel, we are creating a global corps of young people who embrace personal growth, awareness, presence, service, and cross-cultural connection.  We pursue this goal through three program models:

EMPOWER: During the 2012-2013 school year, we are piloting 8-week program models with youth ages 15-18 in inner-city Baltimore, MD, 6th graders identified as at-risk in Arlington, VA, and youth in rural Jiquilillo, Nicaragua.

CONNECT:  Youth who complete at least one 8-week session can elect to participate in our Mentorship program, where they are connected to a responsible adult role model who has been practicing in a yoga community for at least one year.  These mentor-mentorees are invited to participate together in difference events, including international Karma Yoga trips.  The Mentorship program will launch in Spring, 2013.

CREATE:  In July, 2014, SYP will launch its teacher training program specifically aimed at youth 17-20 who have already completed the other components of SYP programming and want to serve their communities as teachers and mentors.

Who We Are

We are educators, psychologists, public relations specialists, yoga teachers, and artists: people from every age and walk connecting on our common values and ambitions.  Please look over our website and join us as a youth mentor for the 2012-2013 school year, commit to 180 Degrees for SYP, or share your expertise on our growing Board of Directors.  Whatever you do, SYP invites you to take action and connect!

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