What Has Happened in 5 Years?


Two young women at June Jordan High School in San Francisco practice a partner yoga pose known as double downward dog.

RISE Founder and Executive Director Erin Lila Wilson Singh reflects on how RISE Yoga for Youth has grown in the past 5 years.

I am so excited for our upcoming Annual Yogathon Event! It’s hard to believe it is our 5th annual community event and it is amazing to think about how far we have come as an organization in the past five years. Back in 2014, we offered programming at 4 sites and reached 250 students. Today, we are in 14 program sites throughout the Bay Area, and we are serving over 2,000 students this year!

In the past 5 years, we’ve been able to bring our programming to some of the most underserved youth in the Bay Area including immigrant communities, pregnant teen girls, special needs students and low-income populations. Our students tell us that our programming has helped them reduce their stress levels, regulate their emotions in constructive ways and improve their academic performance. Our students speak most directly to our impact – Milad, from one of our San Mateo sites, says “Since doing yoga, I feel more at peace with myself.” Another student shared, “Yoga made me feel good and whole as a person. It made me feel self-aware and positive. Balanced.”

Our growth and impact are only possible because of the dedication of our team of staff, volunteers, and teachers, and through the incredible generosity and support of the broader Bay Area community. Each year we raise vital funds at the Yogathon Event to support our programs that bring yoga and mindfulness programming in our low-income program sites. Because of your support, we have been able to sustain and grow our programming in our most under-resourced schools.

If you live in the Bay Area, please join us for this year’s 5th Annual Yogathon — it is an amazing event that brings our entire community together to celebrate and support our work. If you don’t live in the Bay Area, you can still partner with us to empower the next generation by making a donation to our online fundraising campaign and helping us reach our $50,000 goal to sustain and grow our programs.

So let’s come together again this April 7th to grow RISE’s impact even more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of our work to empower the Bay Area’s most vulnerable underserved youth through our transformative programming!

In gratitude,

Lila Singh
Founder and Executive Director
RISE Yoga for Youth


Life Changing Yoga ~ A Student Testimonial


George Washington High School Student Testimonial:

Dear RISE,

I just wanted to introduce myself and thank you for sharing yoga with us! My name is Amy L. and I was recently a student and athlete of Ms. Corbett’s. I always knew she was incredibly active and an incredible runner but the best parts of practices were the closing stretches and core work! Little did I know, she was actually teaching us yoga. I remember looking forward to child’s pose everyday. As soon as I learned that Yoga had made it’s way as a class offered at Washington, I was more than excited to sign up.

At first, I thought it’d be easy coming in as a runner and basketball player. Little did I know how challenging but rewarding the rest of the year would be.

Consider bringing yoga to more students in the Bay Area: http://igg.me/at/riseforyouth

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Katie McDougall Supports RISE for Youth 2014!

Katie McDougall on Supportin RISE Yoga for Youth


Meet Katie McDougall, one of our amazing RISE for Youth Outreach Team members! We are in the middle of our campaign to bring yoga to 1,000 more students in the Bay Area! Please join us and help us reach our goal by September 25th! http://igg.me/at/riseforyouth

1. Why do you do yoga?

I practice yoga because our world is not a gentle place, but my yoga mat is!

2. Why do you think it is important to support RISE yoga for youth? 

Our youth need a space in their lives where they can learn to love, respect, and care for themselves. RISE Yoga for Youth is inviting youth into that space and giving them tools to transform their lives. I wish I’d had RISE in my life as a kid!

Katie McDougall is a certified yoga instructor and social worker in Bay Area schools.


Sophia Corbett: RISE Offers Skills Not Taught Anywhere Else in Schools

Sophia Corbett RISE Yoga for Youth Teacher

Meet Sophia Corbett, a RISE Yoga for Youth Teacher at George Washington High School in San Francisco. Here she describes her observations of what yoga has done for her students and why she thinks it’s so important to bring yoga to more youth.

Please join us in bringing yoga to more youth by joining our #RISEforYouth campaign: http://igg.me/at/riseforyouth

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