Healthy minds and bodies increase the capacity for learning and create pro-social school environments. We offer 25-30 week programs in “priority” schools and alternative education initiatives which support youth ages 9-20.
Trauma and post-traumatic stress are leading factors that may contribute to violence and incarceration. We offer 45 week programs in open and closed custody and alternative sentencing programs for youth ages 12-20.
Real, lasting change happens when individuals have equal access to positive, health-based resources, and youth become leaders in their own communities. We run free, long-term, drop-in programs & leadership initiatives in low-income communities serving youth ages 14-24.
With over a decade of experience, we’ve built a comprehensive body of tools and activities to support resilience-building. We offer workshops and trainings for youth leaders, educators, school administrators, social workers & yoga teachers to access and learn our best-practices.
Increased self-awareness and self-regulation skills
Improved physical, mental and emotional well-being
Ability to manage life’s ups and downs in positive ways
Heightened sense of focus and calm
Decreased conflict and impulsivity
Bendale Business and Technical Institute
C. W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute
Downsview Secondary School
Eastdale Collegiate Institute
Etobicoke Alternative School
Fairbank Attendance Program
Lord Dufferin Public School
Nelson Mandela Public School
School of Experiential Education
Thistletown Collegiate Institute
Westview Centennial Secondary School
Brookside Youth Centre, Cobourg
Genest Youth Centre, London
Hope Manor, Waterloo
Roy McMurtry Youth Centre, Brampton
Sprucedale Youth Centre, Simcoe
Syl Apps Youth Centre, Oakville
Wednesdays @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm
McGregor Park Community Centre, 2231 Lawrence Ave E (Near Birchmount), Brian Harrison Room
Thursdays @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm
Rexdale Hub, 21 Panorama Court (North of Finch/Kipling)
Thursdays @ 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter Street, Room 3
Please note: we’ll pause over the holidays – the last class will be December 20/21 and we’ll start back up January 10/11.
Programs are free and we provide yoga mats to use. Snacks are served. Wear comfortable clothing and arrive 10 minutes early.
This 15-hour training, suitable for yoga teachers and experienced yoga practitioners in professions serving youth, shares our best practices for making yoga accessible and relevant for young people in diverse and sensitive environments. Ten years of practice, teaching, organizing, and learning have gone into the materials of this training.
New Leaf is currently developing, and will be piloting, an introductory training for school teachers & staff which will support them in understanding the effects of trauma and developing tools to build resilience and regulation amongst the youth they serve. More info coming in fall 2017.
Building the leadership capacity of youth is a priority. We offer a variety of initiatives such as periodic retreats, leadership curriculum in partnership with other community-based organizations such as MLSE Launchpad, and scholarship opportunities for youth to participate in yoga and mindfulness-based trainings.