Yoga Foster

Let's make wellness elementary.

aka Yoga Foster   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  yogafoster.org

Mission

We make wellness elementary. We create healthier, happier classrooms by empowering school teachers with training, curriculum and resources so they can teach movement and mindfulness in their classroom, increasing physical health, decreasing stress and anxiety, and creating a calmer, more collaborative place to learn together.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our work is powered by people just like you. From making a donation, giving a gently-used yoga mat, pitching in at events, or hosting a fundraiser, our expansion to over 500 schools across the U.S. is because of the support of our community. We hope you join our move-ing movement, and help us make wellness elementary in schools across the U.S. – Nicole, Executive Director

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

Nicole Cardoza

Main address

159 20th St #1B

Brooklyn, NY 11232 USA

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EIN

46-1720046

NTEE code info

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Teachers lack tools to reduce toxic stress in their classrooms. In fact, only 37% of schools have any time allocated for wellness in the day.

Unmanaged toxic stress can cause anxiety and mood disorders, immune system dysfunction, and structural changes in the central nervous system. In the short-term, it leads to suspensions and expulsions, poor test scores, missed days of school and dropout. The American Psychological Association reports that almost two thirds of children in the U.S. have experienced toxic stress in their childhood.

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, children who experience toxic stress are often minorities and/or living in at-risk communities, where it is unlikely to have access to wellness practices that address stress.

Yoga is proven to reduce stress, and provide low-cost psychosocial benefits in settings where time and infrastructure is limited.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Yoga Foster Professional Development

Our signature training is the foundation for movement and mindfulness in the classroom. It includes:
– An online, self-paced training
– Lesson plans for short yoga breaks and long yoga classes
– Resources like donated yoga mats, playlists, audio sessions, etc.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Yoga Foster's 2020 Vision is to empower 10,000 K-12 teachers across the U.S. with our programming. This will be made possible by engaging 10,000 wellness enthusiasts donating funds, creating community engagement campaigns, and donating gently-used yoga mats to fuel our growth.

Yoga Foster gives educators yoga resources to use in the classroom during the school day. Our program includes: a virtual, self-paced teacher training; monthly curricula & yoga lesson plans (of varying length) tailored to the classroom setting and aligned to SEL standards; take-home worksheets for students; gently-used yoga mats; and access to a community where educators learn, practice and grow together.

Educators are not only empowered with yoga poses, breathing techniques and mindful classroom management tools, but are also trained to identify the most effective ways of implementing our wellness practice. We also equip teachers with a wealth of resources to share with colleagues, parents, and administration to foster a healthier, happier school community.

This practice also supports the physical, mental and emotional health of the educator, who experiences high levels of stress and burnout from the demands of the jobs and the offset of supporting stressed children. The practice applied to students also has a direct and immediate benefit for themselves in the midst of a hectic day.

Yoga Foster's program was built to scale with digital materials, mentorship, and an online community. We have also secured several key partnerships to facilitate mat distribution, program growth, as well as operational capacity. We're investing in operational capacity in 2018 with the addition of two team members, focused on strategic partnerships and program development.

Over the past 3 years, Yoga Foster has supported over 1,500 educators with movement and mindfulness resources for the classroom., including an online, self-paced training, lesson plans, and over 5,000 mats distributed to classrooms across the U.S. We've scaled in thanks to strategic partnerships in both the nonprofit and for-profit sector, enabling us to reach both schools and donors in target markets.

An example of our work is in Jennifer's classroom. Jennifer, a special education teacher in Boise, ID, received a full grant from Yoga Foster to create a yoga program for students of all learning abilities during recess. This class meets regularly with students and teachers actively participating each day, increasing cross-collaboration between students that are usually working apart from one another, and providing an inclusive form of physical activity where students may otherwise withdraw from participating.

What's next?
– more community touchpoints to capture donors
– expansion of our training and curriculum
– storytelling form classrooms across the U.S.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Yoga Foster

Board of directors
as of 09/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alex Leite

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No