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Letters of Recommendation
The YES! For Schools program catalyzes inner awareness and higher human potential in our East Side students by teaching them powerful body-mind practices. TIME magazine describes the widespread popularity of these type of body-mind centering programs in a February 3, 2014, cover story titled The Mindful Revolution. The ultimate gift of a program like YES! For Schools, beyond lowering stress and achieving greater focus, is that it awakens you to your deepest essence and higher human capacities. I feel honored to support the work of YES! For Schools in our East Side community!
J. Manuel Herrera, Board President, East Side Union High School District, San Jose, CA
In a world of constant interruptions, I have found that my morning 20-minute breathing practice, learned in the Yes! for Schools Educators Course, to be a treasured moment of peace, providing focus and reducing stress throughout the rest of my day.
Frank Biehl, Trustee, East Side Union High School District, San Jose, CA
After the breathing I feel calm and more energized and ready to take on anything we have to do, like any schoolwork. I feel confident and that I can take on anything the teacher throws at me.
Tyler, Walt Disney Magnet School, Chicago
After I took the YES! program I started doing the breathing techniques and suddenly my ISAT score went up. I got into the 90s and that is really hard to do. Most of my thoughts that are distracting just go away the second I start the breathing and I can just focus on the test ahead.
Zoey, Walt Disney Magnet School, Chicago
I have learned how to relieve my stress in a very non-violent way. I have learned how to be calmer and not get as excited as I used to over small things.
Devon, Walt Disney Magnet School, Chicago
My experience with the YES! program was revolutionary. The things that I learned here taught me not only how to become a better person, but how to not let others stop me from being a better person…I greatly appreciated and enjoyed this experience.
Tameika, McKinley Technology High School
Over the last five days I have felt very connected with myself. I have become more at ease with who I am. I’ve become more flexible and focused…I’m glad I did this program…and hope to keep everything I learned with me the rest of my life.
Shanise, McKinley Technology High School
I feel great. I feel as if I am on top of the world. All because of the victory breath.
Tray, William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity, Houston
After the breathing I felt more open and relaxed.
Craig, William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity, Houston
I've learned to read better. I've gotten more successful
Student, Golder College Prep, Chicago
I learned that nothing is impossible. You just have to believe you can achieve.
Darius Harrison, William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity, Houston
YES! has helped to create that culture of calm we really want our school to have. The [stress management] strategies taught on YES! are not just used in the classroom, they are life-skills that the students and staff can use outside of the classroom as well.
Ms. Tamara Littlejohn, Walt Disney Magnet School, Chicago
It really calms me down. It helps me relax and be productive for the rest of my day.
Courtnie Conyers, English Language Arts teacher, William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity, Houston
Getting YES! in school at this grade level treats it like curriculum, which is what it should be. It tells a kid it is as important for you to learn life management and stress management skills, as it is to learn math
Susan Bertucci, Parent, Chicago