The Way of Change

aka IAHV   |   Washington, DC   |


IAHV offers programs to reduce stress and develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities. We foster the daily practice of human values – a sense of connectedness and respect for all people and the natural environment, an attitude of non-violence, and an ethic of social service. Our programs enhance clarity of mind, shift attitudes and behaviors, and develop leaders and communities that are resilient, responsible, and inspired.

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Principal Officer

Mr Jeffrey Houk

Main address

2401 15th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20009 USA

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NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Stress is ubiquitous across demographic groups, societies, cultures and socio-economic class. Chronic stress can cause myriad adverse health impacts and reduces the productivity of individuals and societies. The International Association for Human Values provides evidence-based programs that allow individuals to address impulsivity, frustration and negative emotions in healthy and empowering ways. We work in institutions across the globe, including correctional and veterans facilities, schools, universities, and municipal offices like police and fire departments. Our methods have shown up to 90% reductions in violence and disruptive behaviors across institutions with a very small investment in program implementation, saving the institutions we serve untold millions in lost productivity and creating cultures of peace in colleges, schools, police forces, and hospitals where our programs are offered.

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?

SKY Schools (formerly YES! for Schools)

SKY Schools is a dynamic program that provides teens with a comprehensive set of tools to manage their emotions. SKY broadens young people's vision of the world and provides practical knowledge and skills they need to realize their highest potential.The SKY Program is a holistic program that includes techniques based on mindfulness, positive psychology, social-emotional learning, character development and yoga. At the core of the SKY program are innovative breathing techniques for stress-management and well-being.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A Program for Veterans for Stress Relief - Project Welcome Home Troops Breath Workshop provides training in a unique set of natural stress relief practices to veterans and their families. Stress management instructors, in consultation with heath professionals who have treated combat veterans, designed the program. The techniques on the workshop have proven successful at relieving stress and trauma at sites of natural disaster, war zones, and in prisons for over 20 years. A recently published study of Australian Vietnam veterans diagnosed with severe PTSD showed remarkable improvement after the training.

Population(s) Served

The mission of IAHV Prison Program is to make a life-transforming difference in the lives of all people within the criminal justice system, by teaching skills for reducing stress, healing trauma, and providing practical knowledge of how to handle one's emotions, to help them live their highest potential and contribute to society.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

To meet the challenges of today, IAHV is actively engaged in a variety of activities around the world, in collaboration with its world-wide network of partners. In the US, our programs are aimed at providing neuro-scientifically evidence based protocols for stress management and trauma relief to those most vulnerable populations.

To understand our mission and goals, it is helpful to understand what we mean by "human values." Our trained trauma relief specialists and stress management teachers are deployed around the world to offer our proprietary curriculum based in the Science of Happiness. Our practitioners and instructors come from some of the world's great institutions of higher learning, including Harvard, Stanford, UCLA and Cambridge. Human values are those qualities that are viewed positively across cultural, national, socio-ecomonic, religious, generational and racial demographics, such as generosity, compassion, kindness, good humor, integrity, responsibility, reliability and trustworthiness. Regardless of who attends our programs, we find these same traits are highly valued and integral to strong relationships with the self and others.

Our goals are as follows:

To raise awareness of the key role of Human Values in achieving a global society of peace, justice and well-being for all people, regardless of gender identity, race, religious affiliation, socio-economic status, cultural identify or age. We do this through Conferences, Symposia, Workshops, Advocacy and Education Seminars offered through various institutional settings.

To re-awaken Human Values in the individual, communities, among countries – through natural evidence-based programs, practical tools and techniques taught through an easily accessible set of curricula.

To inspire people to live and express Human Values in daily life – through voluntary service to society/community.

IAHV contributes to the 17 SDGs of the UN, to programs of governments and communities; IAHV has developed own programs and projects for special regions or communities – wherever help and change is needed.

IAHV supports a variety of programs to provide targeted stress management training to constituencies in greatest need, including:

SKY Schools: Since 2008, more than 110,000 young people have benefitted from programs for students grades 3 - 12 using a proprietary, evidence-based Social Emotional Learning curriculum, approved by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

SKY Campus Happiness: A holistic happiness and total well-being program taught over 4 days on campus which trains participants in the evidence-based SKY meditation practice, breathwork practices, yoga, social connection, emotional intelligence and mindful leadership.

Project Welcome Home Troops: Offering veterans the Power Breath Meditation Workshop, which provides breath-based tools that decrease stress, anxiety, and sleep problems; restoring well-being, mental focus, and a renewed sense of connection and purpose.

Prison Program: SKY Meditation and life lessons for the incarcerated, teaches prisoners how to manage their stress, aggression, and trauma, building a foundation for a new life.

Disaster Relief: When hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters strike, this program mobilizes global volunteers to provide immediate aid and care, trauma relief, and long-term community development post disaster.

Cities 4 Peace: Specifically targeted to law enforcement and municipal leaders, this leadership development program to improve mental wellbeing, social connectedness and overall quality of life. The program, when done as a group, helps to improve trust, teamwork and build a shared vision with ownership towards the common goal.

Other programs are available for a variety of constituency groups utilizing the SKY Meditation and leadership development, peace building curriculum.

Our teacher training is the gold-standard for mindfulness meditation and peace building. Every summer, we bring cohorts of teacher trainees to our learning center in Boone, North Carolina for an immersion and practical training that will allow them to begin the journey to full certification as a SKY Meditation Teacher. Our organization is rich in volunteer energy, and employs a small but highly qualified and dedicated staff of 28 people who bring a diversity of backgrounds, education and talent to their vocations.

We have access to three major educational centers and several smaller centers to galvanize the energy of nearly 1,000 volunteers nationwide. We offer programs for volunteer participation in outreach, program development and fundraising, which allows us to make a great deal happen with a small budget. In collaboration with a large network of partner organizations with whom we offer short-term programming in more than 80 cities, we are able to bring the curriculum to communities suffering from chronic and traumatic stress, reaching across socio-economic, racial, religious, cultural and generational groups.

We have a dedicated list of foundation funders who have loyally supported our work, including the Art of Living Foundation, the Jacob and Vera Zilber Foundation, The Angell Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Long Island Community Foundation, the Peter Cooper Foundation and many others. In addition, we can count of the financial support of many grateful and generous people who have taken our courses and reaped the benefits of reduced stress, better sleep, increased focus and overall improved wellness and mental clarity.

IAHV programs have improved the lives of more than 1 million people, by teaching them the tools to deal with stress effectively without medication. We continue to expand our program offerings, as the popularity of our programs and institutional offerings grow. We are committed to being there by activating our dedicated volunteers in the wake of any natural disaster, particularly as they impact the poor and disenfranchised.



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Board of directors
as of 01/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Jeffrey Houk

No Affiliation

Term: 2022 - 2023

Madhu Kadari

Jackson & Tull

Filiz Odabas


Bill Hayden

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Jeffrey Houk

Kapil Bhatnagar

Kushal Choksi

Sneh Khanna

Katherine Winter-Sellery

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/15/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Male, Not transgender
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Person without a disability

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