Working with disenfranchised youth in New York City, the Lineage Project uses mindfulness and self-empowerment practices to break the cycle of poverty, violence and incarceration.

Through yoga, meditation, discussion and other mindfulness techniques, we help young people to value themselves and feel that they can make a lasting and important contribution to their communities.

We work in juvenile detention, alternative-to-incarceration programs, homeless shelters, and public schools, including with suspended and struggling students.

Lineage delivers its unique model of mindfulness-based learning to approximately 2,500 young people, age 10-24, in 30 classes a week at 13 different sites.

Lineage teachers have extensive training and hold certifications in their area of expertise: yoga, tai chi, meditation, qigong, and/or martial arts. All have gone through the Lineage Teacher Training and have solid experience working with this population.

Our Stats:

  • Our students, ages 10 to 24, come from New York City’s 15 poorest neighborhoods.
  • 60% of our students are African American
  • 35% of our students are Latino
  • Over 50% of our students report having experienced alcohol or substance abuse issues
  • 75% of our students have been diagnosed as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder
  • 75% of our female students report having been physically, sexually or emotionally abused