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Happy September!

A lot has been going with HLF these past few weeks. Here are some of the highlights:

Workforce Development Program (by Larry Jackson)
My experience camping in Asheville, NC was just as fun and advantageous as the past two trips. We rented a van and driver, so everyone had the chance to rest for the 8+ hours it took to drive south to North Carolina. There was more than enough space for us all to sit and rest comfortably, which I was beyond grateful for!

Upon our arrival, our friend, RL, the property owner, his son Drake, and his two friends greeted us on their dirt bikes at the bottom of the mountain. Each year, we dedicate a day of work to help RL and his son plant crops. In return, they give us fresh fruit, vegetables, and water during our stay. Unfortunately, I had to travel back to Baltimore early for a video project before our day of hard labor.

We didn’t have power or water for the first day, so we didn’t have a place to store food and a way to shower. After everything was up and running, however, we ate like kings. The food was delicious, straight from nature. I ate more than I usually do because I knew that the food I was eating was so healthy. RL and the lucky few on the mountains enjoy great crops and get all of their water supply from the fresh spring water flowing down the mountains.

I'm happy to report that our workforce development program is getting stronger and stronger each year.

Mindful Moment Program Expansion (from Andy Gonzalez):
The Holistic Life Foundation will be expanding its Mindful Moment program to Robert W. Coleman Elementary School. Robert W. Coleman has been housing our after-school program for the last 5 years, so staff and students are very familiar with our techniques and practices, which should make the transition run smoothly. It will be our first time implementing this program with elementary aged students, so it will be exciting to witness the effects to the younger participants!

Patterson High School Mindful Moment Statistics

  • Suspensions for fighting dropped from 49 in the 2012-2013 school year to 23 in the 2013-2014 school year
  • Students in the halls were referred to the Mindful Moment Room, this helped reduce suspensions in the hallways and stairwells from 62 in the 2012-2013 school year to 35 in the 2013-2014 school year
  • Students getting into verbal or physical altercations in the classroom were referred to the Mindful Moment Room, this helped reduce suspensions in the classroom from 36 in the 2012-2013 school year to 17 in the 2013-2014 school year
  • The attendance rate went up from 71.3% in the 2012-2013 school year to 74.2% in the 2013-2014 school year
  • The number of 9th graders being promoted to the 10th grade increased from 45% in the 2012-2013 school year to 64% in the 2013-2014 school year
  • The average GPA of first time 9th graders increased from 1.06 in the 2012-2013 school year to 1.51 in the 2013-2014 school year
HLF & Amazon Smiles
We're now on Amazon Smiles! Whenever you're placing an order through Amazon, goes to smiles.amazon.com. Type "Holistic Life Foundation" into the charity search bar and hit "select". When you do this, .5% of Amazon's profits from your order will be donated to HLF. Keep in mind that you have to go to the site each time you purchase from Amazon. :)

Want to contribute to HLF?

Our programs are funded entirely by donations and grants. If you would like to contribute to our expansion and the current programs we run, please go to www.hlfinc.org and click on the "Donate Now" button. Every dollar counts and goes straight back into funding things like the afterschool program and the Mindful Moment program.

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Peace,
Andy, Atman & Ali

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Where you can find us:

September 13, 2014 HLF Annual Fundraiser at Institute for Integrative Health
September 27, 2014 National Kids Yoga Conference in D.C.
October 4-12, 2014 Residency Program at Lincoln Elementary School, Madison, WI
October 28, 2014 Speaking at Goucher College
October 31-November 2, 2014 National Kids Yoga Conference in D.C.
November 14-15, 2014 TEDx Charlottesville in Charlottesville, VA
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The Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities. Through a comprehensive approach which helps children develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care HLF demonstrates deep commitment to learning, community, and stewardship of the environment. HLF is also committed to developing high-quality evidence based programs and curriculum to improve community well-being.
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