The Awake Youth Project hosts weekly workshops at five public high schools as well as an after-school program founded by La-keeyatta Steward, an East New York high school student. Greg Snyder, a Zen Buddhist priest, leads the weekly meditation sessions and aims to teach students how to "understand volatile emotions and curb impulsive behavior."
This week, on April 21st, the Awake Youth Project will run a day-long meditation session as part of its efforts to raise funds for the program. For Steward, the center's meditation sessions have been crucial to resolving conflicts with her mother. "Meditation has changed my life," Steward wrote on the Sit-a-thon's site. "I just felt her, felt how she felt, felt what she was saying to me, and I then I just let it go."
Watch students share their meditation experiences at the center in the video below, courtesy of brooklynsitathon.org.
[via New York Times]