Inner city students find Calm Clarity this summer

Leaders of Change group photo
Leaders of Change group photo

Thanks to a collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Calm Clarity just wrapped up a successful pilot within their summer “Leaders of Change” program. The majority of the participants are college bound recent graduates of various high schools in West Philadelphia enrolled in a “Summer Bridge” college preparation program run by the Netter Center. A quarter of the participants are rising seniors at Sayre High School in the “Breaking Barriers” program. The pilot ran from 10Am to 12:30PM on Mondays from July 7 to Aug 4, 2014.

A preliminary review of the feedback surveys shows that the vast majority of the respondents enjoyed the program, benefited from it, and found the content helpful and relevant. About a third of the respondents said they would like to help bring Calm Clarity to their schools and community to share the benefits with their peers.

Calm Clarity Session

Here are some of the feedback provided by participants:

“The Calm Clarity program has benefited me because I learned how to deal with adversity, look at negatives and turn them into positives, and to simply treat people the way you would like to be treated. I learned to cherish relationships from Calm Clarity”

~Male graduate, West Philadelphia High School

“I’m now more focused on achieving my goal. You actually motivated me to do well in life.  I’m more calm. I appreciate everyone. I want more people to support me. I loved the “forgiving” lesson and learning about what you cannot control or handle. I now know how to forgive people and try to have a positive attitude. I forgive a friend of mine who hurt me in the past. I tried putting my feet in his shoes to understand. I forgive him for the most part and learned not to hate him.”

~Female graduate, W.B. Saul High School

 “The program has benefited me because it helped me realize a big mistake that I was making in my life. Instead of playing video games, I realized I have to come back to reality…When I first joined Calm Clarity, I was too hyperactive and never stayed calm. But later in Calm Clarity, I’ve learned to calm down…I’ve found out that I was very stressed and that meditations actually help keep me calm. My mom has noticed that I don’t always look mean now.”

~Male graduate,  Sayre High School

“Before joining Calm Clarity, I was so stressed, so sad. I don’t know why, I was worried about myself. But when I joined Calm Clarity, it helps to reduce my stress and be happy, think positive. I feel more confidence in myself and I am believing in my ability. My sisters are saying that now I am more happy.”

~Female graduate, West Philadelphia High School

“I come home more calm on Mondays and I always share what I learn from Calm Clarity because this type of info anyone can use. They keep what I teach them in mind and think differently now. [The] learning [for me] was to think when I’m going through obstacles and how to overcome the stages of being successful. I’m more welcoming to people and networking with others.”

~Male graduate,  Bartram High School

“I just want to say that Calm Clarity calmed me down. We do this program everyday before we do anything else. It helps me/us focus more on what we need to get done. I had a lot of anger before Calm Clarity and I feel less angry now. It made me a better “leader of change. I participate more in everything. I don’t hold back.”

~Female rising senior, Sayre High School

“I have become more open-minded about my life. I’ve become more relaxed and calm about the stressful things in my life. I’ve actually recommended meditations to my family. I’ve become more focused in work and in my sport. I’ve gotten along better with my brother. I’m calmer if there is a disagreement. I’m more open for things that will benefit me in the long run.”

~Male rising senior, Sayre High School

Written by duecalmclarity

Due Quach (pronounced “Zway Kwok”) is the founder of Calm Clarity, a social enterprise that uses science to help people across the socioeconomic spectrum master their minds and be their best self. A refugee from Vietnam and graduate of Harvard College and the Wharton MBA Program, Due overcame the long-term effects of poverty and trauma by turning to neuroscience and meditation. After building a successful career in management consulting and private equity investments, she created Calm Clarity to help more people overcome adversity and unlock their potential. Calm Clarity creates social impact by using revenues from corporate training services to deliver the same high quality training to disadvantaged groups such as low-income first-generation college students and inner city teenagers.

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