Connection Coalition in collaboration with service organizations supports youth by addressing the symptoms of trauma and poverty such as limited education, addiction, violence, incarceration, and more through the practice of yoga, meditation and mindfulness.
WSVN-FOX Parent to Parent featured Yoga Gangsters, a nonprofit organization spreading yoga to at-risk youth communities, which helps them learn how to focus and slow down impulsive reactions. The organization's founder, Terri Cooper, spoke about how yoga specifically moves the energy up into the higher parts of the brain so people can slow down negative reactions. Students talked about how different poses help them relieve stress and become healthy. Yoga Gangsters offers free six-week programs. For more information visit www.theconnectioncoalition.org
Prana Writes feature on Yoga Gangsters with the organization's core team: Terri Cooper, Founder of Yoga Gangsters; Jodi Weiner, Executive Director of Yoga Gangsters; Kathrine Galligan, Arizona Coordinator & Southwest Trainer of Connection Coalition.
Fresh marketing image used to commemorate our high school program in 2015-2016 school year. This group met every week with Terri Cooper, founder.
This image was captured on site at a local program in Miami
Bringing yoga to SWMHS during a wellness fair in 2013.
The Motivational Edge Summer program hosted YG. We got the youth to customize their donated mats and keep for themselves!
Connection Coaltion Outreach program
Connection Coalition (formerly Yoga Gangsters) shows up each week, one hour per week with mats, teachers, music and inspiration to move their bodies and empower their minds with meditation and mindfulness practices to foster resiliency.
Yoga moves the energy to the "thinking" area of the brain creating a present moment with the youth. When we get them active, we get them to connect with us. Then we deliver messages of empowerment around self respect, self control and self awareness. Mindfulness teachings occur in each class to strengthen the ability to make more present choices affecting long term change moving youth towards a release of traumatic events.
Trauma Informed Outreach Training
Connection Coalition provides a 15 hour training curriculum with information around trauma, neuroscience, and somatic experiencing. This program is provided to all the teachers who work within our program outreach efforts. The trauma training program is also formatted to provide teachers, first respondents and other service professionals an understanding trauma and how to foster connections with people currently dealing with PTSD and other secondary symptoms of trauma related events.