The release of the film will be accompanied by a social impact campaign focused on bringing the Share Necessities I Make it Count Mindful Leadership curriculum to schools nationwide, further developing Arjuna’s NextLevel CommUNITY Center as well as fostering the creation of more community centers across the country where there is need.
Violence and Gang Affiliation
- 45% of High School Students & 35% of Middle School Students Nationwide have some affiliation with gangs
- 700,000 young people Nationwide are treated in the ER annually due to some violent encounter with gang related or youth-on-youth violence
Drop-Out Rates & Socio-Economic Impact
- Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day.
- A high school dropout will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate over his lifetime. And almost a million dollars less than a college graduate.
- In the U.S., high school dropouts commit about 75% of crimes.
The Share Necessities I Make it Count Mindful Leadership curriculum (part of The Mind Elevation Program) addresses these issues by teaching mindfulness, yoga, and leadership skills to inner-city youth and helping them to incorporate these tools as positive additions to their daily routine. Through this practice, Arjuna has helped to empower youth with emotional intelligence tools, bringing them to a state of self-love and self-acceptance. This unique approach using Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga techniques takes participants out of their current state of mind, allowing them to see themselves as capable and worthy of the changes needed for a successful future. This foundation sets the stage for students to develop enhanced critical thinking, conflict resolution and leadership skills and to become more invested in bettering themselves as well as those around them.
Over the last four years, The Mind Elevation Program has introduced more than 12,000 children and 500 teachers in the LAUSD to yoga and meditation practices. Arjuna’s program has been facilitated by Van Nuys High School, The Albert Einstein Odyssey Academy, Wise School, Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy, EduCare Foundation, Skillify, YouthBuild, LAUSD Beyond The Bell, LAUSD Spotlight on Success, and the DPSCD.