Programs

New Leaf Foundation facilitates in-person programs within the Greater Toronto Area and across southern Ontario, as well as online courses and trainings that reach people around the globe. Our goal is to support youth and their caregivers in cultivating tools to increase self-awareness and emotional regulation, decrease conflict and impulsivity, build resilience and improve overall mental, emotional, and physical health.

TYPES OF PROGRAMS

School Programs

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.

Youth Justice Programs

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.

Drop-In Programs

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.

Leadership & Training Programs

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.

While New Leaf programs are built on a foundation of yoga & mindfulness practices, we offer much more than just a yoga class. Our programs include:

  • facilitated group dialogue
  • age-appropriate mindfulness-based activities and meditation
  • yoga-based physical movement
  • guided relaxation
  • tools for home practice

BENEFITS

Self-awareness

Increased self-awareness and self-regulation skills

Health & Well-being

Improved physical, mental and emotional well-being

Emotional Resilience

Ability to manage life’s ups and downs in positive ways

Focus & Calm

Heightened sense of focus and calm

Decreased Impulsivity

Decreased conflict and impulsivity

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

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

YOUTH JUSTICE PROGRAMS

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

DROP-IN PROGRAMS

Scarborough

Wednesdays @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm
Ages 13-19
McGregor Park Community Centre, 2231 Lawrence Ave E (Near Birchmount), Brian Harrison Room

Rexdale

Thursdays @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm
Ages 14-22
Rexdale Hub, 21 Panorama Court (North of Finch/Kipling)

Regent Park

Thursdays @ 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Ages 14-22
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.

LEADERSHIP & TRAINING PROGRAMS

Reaching In, Reaching Out: Yoga for Youth Training

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.

Training for Educators: Building Blocks for Resilience

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.

Youth Leadership Initiatives

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.

Over the course of 2015 and 2016, New Leaf Foundation conducted a Social Return on Investment Study (SROI) with the support of a Toronto Foundation Vital Ideas grant. SROI is a methodology for determining how much social value is created for every dollar invested in an initiative.
This study concluded that significant social value is created when young people are provided with opportunities to cultivate a mindfulness and yoga practice.

FACILITATORS

Amanda

Amanda

Beeta

Beeta

Dione

Dione

Elyse

Elyse

Faith

Faith

Imesia

Imesia

Jennifer

Jennifer

Kim

Kim

Lana

Lana

Martha

Martha

Rochelle

Rochelle

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