Thursday, August 18, 2011
First Holistic Center for Homeless Youth
The Reciprocity Foundation is currently pursuing a 5-year lease in the Fashion District to open the first-ever holistic center for homeless youth. It will be a space where youth can create original films and music, meditate and practice yoga, learn to cook vegetarian meals and to work with holistic health practitioners on healing from trauma and abuse. Once fully-funded, the center will be open 7 days a week and staffed with paid and volunteer media producers, integrative counselors, meditation and yoga teachers, business leaders, holistic health practitioners and vegetarian chefs.
For the past 7 years, the Reciprocity Foundation has been assisting homeless, foster care and at-risk youth from all five boroughs of New York City—with a strong emphasis on helping youth uncover their life’s meaning and purpose and then translating their personal vision into a career, a college degree, a professional network and a portfolio of step-up work experiences. Youth graduates from the Reciprocity Foundation’s programs have become fashion designers, filmmakers, business leaders, media activists and educators—and most stay involved after graduating from Reciprocity by mentoring other homeless and at-risk youth.