The People:

In the summer of 2014, The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation was invited to Ocean Mental Health’s Ocean Academy to meet Kula Kamala Yoga and a program they jointly developed to help school children with difficult and sometimes violent behavior issues.

An optional class would be offered to the students to learn and participate in yoga as an alternative to negative behavior.  Their enormously cool Principal Scott Corbett participated as well as every member of staff from teachers to bus assistants.

The Idea:

The Foundation funded the initial trial with additional guidance on creating the quantitative and qualitative tracking necessary to prove it was a model that could yield results in the classroom and at home.

The Impact:

Quite simply, that year Ocean Academy had the most successful round of graduations, job placements and grades in the school’s history.  In addition, the stress level of the affected parents, as indicated in the Parental Stress Index plummeted.  Ocean Mental Health has put the program into its annual budget, thus making it self-sustaining in one year.

The Check In:  

The Foundation has kept in close contact with both leaders.  It has given a $40K grant to Kula Kamala to pursue its further studies, resulting in graduating students from their Ashram coming to Toms River to provide free yoga therapy to participating organizations.

Scott Corbett is now pursuing creative teaching and real-time personal behavior analysis with immediate, tangible results.  Scott is a key participant and leader in the Count Basie Collective Impact pilot for creative teaching.

The Promise:

The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation will continue to fund and support innovative teaching as exemplified by Ocean Academy.

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