Inner Strength Videos

Teen mindfulness is beginning to be practiced in high schools around the country. In these videos, students and administrators speak about how mindfulness and cultural development contextualizing tools are supporting their higher aspirations. Against the backdrop of inner city challenges, these schools are cultivating an environment of calm, curiosity, and care.

Unwind Your Mind

Happy from
the Inside

(4 MIN) Exploring happiness on a teen mindfulness retreat with students from Philadelphia’s Inner Strength program.

Mindfulness Supports Philadelphia Teens

(6 MIN) Students discover calm, context and compassion through this unique in-school training.

Preparing Students
for the Future

(5 MIN) 21st Century skills involve more than STEM. To prepare our students to be leaders in a world we can’t possible envision now, they need skills that are flexible, responsive, and able to do things a new way. Mindfulness and a developmental perspective teaches students to be interested in their experience, and out of that interest and curiosity, wonders are born.

Mindfulness at School: A Philadelphia Success Story

(30 MIN) Karen Thomas, Principal at Bodine High School in Philadelphia talks about the challenges her students face and how implementing the mindfulness and cultural development program from Inner Strength is changing school climate and kid’s lives.

How a Local School Is Helping Its Students Through Virtual Learning

Students at the Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet High School were enrolled in a course focused on their mindfulness and wellbeing. NBC10’s Stephanía Jiménez has the details.

Full article here

From Educators

Professionals on the value of the Inner Strength System

Without a doubt, young people need the mental skills that enable them to learn, understand themselves, and relate to others as they move toward taking their place in the world as adults. The Inner Strength Teen Program is designed to cultivate these wholesome habits of mind through mindfulness, self-discovery, and engagement with others. Rooted in mindfulness practice, the curriculum is unique in its inclusion of social and cultural history, which offers a particularly important perspective for adolescents who experience its impact on their daily lives. This very accessible program offers an engaging, compassionate, and culturally relevant experience for youth and can be of great value to them at this critically important time in their lives.
PATRICIA BRODERICK, PH.D.
Bennett Pierce Prevention Research
Center Pennsylvania State University
Author of Learning to Breathe
The Inner Strength Teen Program is an excellent example of how mindfulness is being introduced in education. The program teaches well-researched mindfulness-based methods of self-regulation and compassionate understanding of oneself and others in a way that high school students can easily understand and apply. All of the program elements effectively serve to reinforce how teens can use mindfulness to re-set, be present, and support themselves through their day-to-day ups and downs finding more balance, calm and perspective. By helping them to respond more mindfully, appropriately, and with kindness to life’s triggers, the students develop an inner strength that can reshape and empower their lives. I highly recommend this program be adopted by as many high schools as possible!
SCOTT MCBRIDE
Director Clear Light Meditation Center, 20-yr
Sr. Teacher, Penn Program for Mindfulness,
University of Pennsylvania
Amy Edelstein’s work with our teachers and staff has helped them to remain balanced, healthy, and self-aware. Our teachers and staff learned and practiced mindfulness techniques that not only supported their own well-being, but also that of their students. All in all, Ms. Edelstein’s ability to incorporate mindfulness techniques, along with her wide array of personal experiences, benefitted our staff greatly
DANIEL GOFREDDO
Assistant Superintendent for Secondary
Education Great Valley School District, Malvern, PA
Our students definitely benefited from participating in the Inner Strength Teen Mindfulness class. They said that they were glad to practice in school because they might not have done so on their own, and it was a well-needed time to relax during a hectic school day. Some also said that the benefits continued beyond the class period as it helped them to ward off stress and sleep better at night. Many were excited to learn a skill that is useful now and will also be useful in the future.
HEATHER MARCUS
Guidance Counselor J.R. Masterman
High School, Philadelphia, PA
When our school expanded meditation for more students, the results were palpable throughout the school. Students are now calmer, less reactive, and generally seem more content and focused. Many thanks!
KAREN THOMAS
Principal Bodine High School for
International Affairs, Philadelphia, PA
In our incredibly complicated world, it’s good to know that we, as a school, are not only preparing our students academically, but also giving them the tools provided through mindfulness training. Our students report that they are now able to “Stop and take a look at what’s really going on inside.
SYDNEY BASSMAN
Guidance Counselor Bodine High School
for International Affairs, Philadelphia, PA

From Our Students