“Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.”
High-quality leadership and soft-skills training has for the most part been a luxury that is not generally accessible to under-privileged groups who face the greatest hardship, even though people facing great adversity are the ones who could benefit most from such training. We are committed to changing this.
Calm Clarity was built from the first-hand realization that the biggest obstacles people face are actually inside their heads in the form of self-limiting beliefs. To break the cycle of poverty, young people need effective tools and strategies to manage the chaos and challenges in their everyday life. They also need hope and faith that they can change their lives.
Therefore, Calm Clarity designed and tested a high-quality evidence-based essential life skills training that addresses social-emotional skill gaps and self-limiting beliefs that are prevalent in low-income communities. In particular, the program includes contemplative practices that research has shown can help reverse the negative effects of childhood adversity and chronic stress on brain development.
As a social enterprise, the income we earn from working with companies and professionals enables us to provide the Calm Clarity program to low-income students and under-served communities either free of charge through scholarships and sponsored workshops or at highly subsidized rates.
By training under-privileged students to build resilience and leadership skills, we can end the trans-generational transmission of toxic stress and trauma in low-income communities.
How we create social impact
Calm Clarity positively impacts our hometown of Philadelphia through these initiatives:
- College Student Scholar Program: for low-income first-generation college students
- Partial scholarships for Educators: for educators in schools within Philadelphia where the majority of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
- Sponsored Workshop Program: for educational institutions and nonprofit organizations serving low-income and under served communities
- The Collective Success Network: a new nonprofit to increase college success by building a platform for professionals to support, mentor and empower low-income first-generation college students to achieve their academic, personal, and professional aspirations