The Brooklyn College Community Partnership is a leading youth development organization that serves over 1500+ Brooklyn youth each year. Since 1994, BCCP has created networks of educational innovation that connect under-served youth, local middle and high schools, high-need communities, and Brooklyn College. Awake Youth Project has worked with BCCP in 5 high schools and 2 middle schools since 2010.
The NYU Mindfulness Project – a department of New York University’s Center for Spiritual Life – focuses on meditation, mindfulness, yoga and social justice in an effort to encourage students and communities to wake up in their lives and transform our world. The Mindfulness Project and Awake Youth Project currently partner on research and programming.
DIVAS (Digital Interactive Visual Arts Sciences) for Social Justice is a grassroots community organization that aims to bridge the digital divide and teach media literacy plus cultural awareness amongst young women of color. Awake Youth Project partners with DIVAS around bringing meditation and mindfulness training for teens.
iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of teens, parents, and professionals. Through mindfulness retreats, iBme helps participants cultivate awareness, compassion, and kindness for themselves, others, and the natural world. They lead mindfulness retreats for teenagers across the country at retreat centers and in wilderness settings. They also provide mindfulness retreats for individual schools and in partnership with other non-profits that work with teens.
The Reciprocity Foundation helps homeless, runaway, and foster care youth from all five boroughs of New York City to realize their full potential. They typically work with young people from 15-23, with a strong expertise supporting youth of color or who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBTQ). These young people are at high risk of dropping out of school, failing to find living wage employment, and becoming dependent on the human service system.
We are very grateful to Still Water Foundation, who generously supported Awake Youth Project in 2012 and 2013 through matching grants for our Brooklyn Sit-a-thon fundraiser. Still Water Foundation concentrates its efforts in the areas of the Arts, Environment, Education, and Spirituality, and has been an extraordinary support for the our educational efforts in Brooklyn.
We are very grateful to The Lenz Foundation, who very generously donated supporting and matching grants to the Brooklyn Sit-a-thon, an AYP fundraiser, in both 2012 and 2013. The Lenz Foundation is committed to supporting the authentic transmission of meditation and mindfulness practices in the United States.
AYP is grateful to Brooklyn Zen Center for allowing us to use their space for our programs. Brooklyn Zen Center is a Soto Zen community in the tradition of San Francisco Zen Center’s founder, Shunryu Suzuki. The community’s founding students came from both San Francisco Zen Center and Austin Zen Center, where they studied with dharma teachers from both centers. The mission of Brooklyn Zen Center is to cultivate an open community based on the Buddha’s teachings of love and interconnectedness.
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