MERCY FIRST FOST CARE FACILITY
MercyFirst, a 501 (c) 3 organization, is one of New York’s leading not-for-profit human service agencies. Founded as an orphanage in 1894, the facility in Syosset provides residential care to children from birth through adolescence, including children who have been abused and neglected; youth with serious emotional problems; teenagers and young adults who are without family; and families coping with the stress and pressures of poverty, domestic violence, mental illness, and substance abuse.
OUR KARMA PROJECT WITH THE TEENAGE GIRLS
Karen Cohen-Gibbons will return to Mercy First again after a wonderfully successful Karma Project with the teenage girls in 2015. The Karma Project will replace the gym-class for these girls and Karen will offer her powerful mix of yoga, mindfulness meditation, breath and expressive movement to give the girls a place in their lives to experience peace, self-esteem, and a way to express themselves.
OUR KARMA PROJECT WITH THE TEENAGE BOYS
After a wonderful project with the teenage boys in 2015, we are looking forward to finalizing the details of the new Karma Project for the boys in 2016. Coming very soon!
At-Risk Teen Girls
Karen Cohen-Gibbons, MA, RYT-200 has always been a mover and connector – driven by her passionate interest in both the physical and meta-physical aspects of life. She is committed to helping others explore the energetic, mental, emotional, embodied and spiritual dynamics that make up the divine dance of their lives. Karen respects the need all individuals have for safe spaces and compassionate experiences that facilitate greater awareness, balance, harmony, healing and integration of our inner and outer worlds. She enjoys sharing the practices of Yoga, Mindfulness, and Creative Expression, to strengthen our relationship with self, soften interactions with others and deepen understanding of the world around us.
In addition to being a certified Yoga Instructor, with YogaKids foundations training as well, Karen holds a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology & Creative Expression. She has taught Dance and Arts classes for youth and adults, and has been on staff as adjunct faculty member at higher education institutions. Karen has worked full time, and consulted, for several non-profit organizations, creating youth programs, delivering professional development trainings and facilitating student workshops on bullying, cultivating peace, creativity, self-awareness, mentoring, community-building and leadership skills.
At-Risk Teen Boys
To be determined!