Females accounted for 59% of juvenile arrests for running away and 69% of arrests for prostitution. — (Snyder, 2005)
From 1994 to 2003, the juvenile arrest rate for aggravated assault increased by 17% for girls and declined 15% for boys. — (Snyder, 2005)
Among female delinquents, an estimated 70-90% have a history of sexual abuse. — (Center for Gender and Justice)
I do that crow pose when you put all your weight on your hands. I look at my hands then and I feel like I'm in charge. you get that feeling you can choose. That you can choose your own lifestyle, too. I want a healthy lifestyle. A safe one. A happy one. — AYP Participant
When I practice yoga I feel whole, I feel nothing is beyond my reach. I feel beautiful, strong and perfect, and fortunate that I am me. — AYP Participant
If there is one thing that yoga does for me that is good, it's that it makes me feel. And I know I need to do that. — AYP Participant
I usually see things black and white. But after I do yoga I feel like a new person and I look at things in new ways. I see there is more than just yes or no, more than one choice, more than one path. I like this idea because so far the path I’ve chosen hasn’t been great. I’m ready for a new one. — AYP Participant
Today the girls taught their own yoga class. It was a great experience for me to see my students leading and supporting others. They were so engaged and conscientious. They even helped me try a new pose. — Lisa Politeo, Wright Center Teacher
The [AYP] staff are great. They are role-models for our staff and the girls. They are always cordial and they understand safety and security. — Rod Moore, Probation Director, Camp Kemp
The Art of Yoga Project is designed to help at-risk girls by focusing on early intervention and preparing girls for a positive future. We are leaders in revolutionizing the rehabilitation of girls by offering trauma-informed, strength-based, gender-responsive services.
Our mission is to lead teenage girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others and community by providing practical tools to affect behavioral change.