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 centers, alternative-to-incarceration programs and public schools for struggling students.

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