Yoga Gangsters is a Miami-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower youth by addressing the symptoms of trauma and poverty such as limited education, addiction, violence, incarceration, teen pregnancy, HIV, physical/mental disabilities and more using the science and practice of yoga.Yoga Gangsters serves South Florida’s inner city areas by providing a network of free classes, teaching the science and practice of yoga to underprivileged and at-risk youth in schools, hospitals, jails, youth centres and through other non-profit organizations. Yoga Gangsters also assists youth with career training and job placement by providing selected applicants with full scholarships to the Urban Guru Program, a 200-hour yoga teacher certification, so they may return to their communities as strong, inspirational leaders.
As of May 2013, Yoga Gangsters has trained close to 500 volunteer yoga teachers who are leading weekly yoga programs in over 35 inner city schools, hospitals, jails, youth centres and other non-profit organizations, nationally. Since 2012, the organization has brought the gift of yoga to over 3,200 children, teens and young adults.
Anyone interesed in volunteering with Yoga Gangsters is required to complete our 3 day training, Yoga Outreach and At-Risk Certification with our Founder, Terri Cooper. View description, dates, and locations here.