[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;border-style: solid;border-width: 0px 0px 0px 6px;border-color: rgb(18, 81, 147);box-shadow: 2px 2px 34px rgba(0,0,0,0.2) !important;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false”]Program Goals[/x_custom_headline][x_line style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][cs_text class=”contained-paragraph”]The Inner Strength Teen Program was established to empower young people with the tools to inquire, observe, and believe that they can discover meaning, purpose, and direction in Life. We aspire to give youth direct experience of the thrill of discovering the depth of human potential, and the liberating clarity of being able to see their experience in a large and integrated context. This frees them to experience all the inherent joy of being alive.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false”]Learning Objectives[/x_custom_headline][x_line style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][cs_text class=”contained-paragraph”]

“I learned that the adolescent mind develops. Sometimes when my friends are angry, now I know they seem worse than they really are.” Michael, 16 year-old

“I have learned to find peace within every situation and to try to separate unwanted thoughts so that they don’t provoke any further events of depression.” MaeLi, 17 year-old
[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false”]Cultural Effect[/x_custom_headline][x_line style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][cs_text class=”contained-paragraph”]The goal for our flagship program Inner Strength Teen Program is to reach a significant percent of Philadelphia high school students, training these youth to work with the powerful tools of mindful contemplation techniques and the perspective of cultural development. When these tools become shared currency between classmates, siblings, neighbors, and friends, teens self-reinforce positive habits of behavior. Peer groups reinforce depth, joy, compassion, responsibility, purpose, and vision.

“The discussion groups showed me that I felt similar stresses as my peers. i am able to relate to them more freely now. thank you.” Natalia, 16 year-old[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false”]Positive Change[/x_custom_headline][x_line style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][cs_text class=”contained-paragraph”]
This changes a student’s experience of the tumultuous time as a teen. It changes the classroom climate. It changes the pressures on parents and teachers. And it creates sensitive, self-assured, and proud young adults who will be responsible stewards of our shared future.

“I have come out of this program much wiser and more open-minded.” 16 year-old[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]