Yoga & Expressive Arts Programs for Youth
Om4Youth is a Canadian not-profit organization dedicated to offering at-risk, marginalized and street-involved youth an opportunity to find HOPE, EMPOWERMENT and SUCCESS to create better life choices and life long wellness for themselves.
Om4Youth was founded in 2006 and incorporated in 2008 by Wendy Webster, a Child and Youth Counsellor and Hatha yoga teacher. For over 20 years Wendy has worked with at-risk children and youth in social service and community agencies throughout Ontario and Alberta. Also within private schools, separate and public school boards.
Wendy founded Om4Youth, a yoga and expressive arts not for profit organization as a way to reach out to youth in crisis to provide them an opportunity to create success in their lives.
Wendy Webster is nationally recognized advocate for at risk and street involved youth and sought after presenter on the subject youth homelessness and mental health issues facing youth today. To enquire about Wendy presenting at your conference, please contact her at [email protected].
Om4Youth offers all youth an opportunity to create success in their own lives. Through the teaching of yoga and creative arts we provide youth with the tools necessary to be open for change, to ask questions and to find their own answers. So they can make better life choices and move forward in a positive new direction for life long wellness.
Om4Youth provides youth:
- an opportunity to reduce stress
- the ability to focus and enhance mental clarity
- the tools to think before acting in haste
- an opportunity to build strength and increase flexibility
- develop self esteem and increase their self confidence
- the ability to discover their whole person: mind, body and spirit
Sharing yoga with youth helps them:
- get in touch with themselves and learn to trust their instincts
- acknowledge and nuture their special gifts and strengths
- open up to change, ask questions and find their own answers
- it provides them with an opportunity for success
- know that the quiet, still place is there for them, through the changes, challenges and confusion of growing up
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Om4Youth is very pleased to be in partnership with two not for profit Youth agencies, BOOST in Toronto and Youth Services Bureau in Ottawa in conjunction with University of Ottawa and OPRIG. These two research projects we are participating in are the first of their kind in Canada. The research will be looking at the efficacy of yoga, mindfulness, expressive arts and the benefits for at risk youth. In particular we will be conducting research with two groups of youth, one group that is involved in the youth sex trade and the other group of young women that are survivors of sexual abuse. We hope to have the findings published by the end of 2013.
Online E-Course for Teaching At-Risk Youth
Om4Youth Instructor Training E-course
is now available as a distance education learning module
For more information regarding the course curriculum and outline,
please email [email protected] for more information
Studio Winter Cleaning!
Dear Yoga Community Members. If you are wondering what to do with all the yoga mats, clothing and other related yoga accessories your students leave behind, donate them to our organization. We will gladly accept genty used mats, clothes etc...clean them and give to the students in our programs. Email [email protected] and arrange a time for us to pick up those items.
Karma Classes at your Yoga Studio
Donate a class or a series of classes to our organization. Money donated goes directly to bus passes, food, art supplies and mats so our students can attend our programs.