HELP US HELP BRONX KIDS
Thank you for receiving this message about our mission to improve the lives of Bronx Kids. It is always a privilege to share our vision for our community, and we here at Bronx Kids Boogie and are honored by your attention. This is a call for private donations to help cover the costs of operating our Roots & Rivers Cultural Arts Program serving kids 3 - 12.
Please read our story below. If giving is not currently an option for you, please feel free to share this page with as much of your personal network as possible. Our community is our greatest asset and we appreciate your assistance and participation.
Health and wellness in the Bronx is in crisis. The Bronx has now been ranked dead last among New York’s sixty-two counties in health, wellness and quality of life indices by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation… for 7 YEARS IN A ROW. That the Bronx is also among the youngest and poorest of NY counties, means that it is our most vulnerable citizens that are suffering: children in poverty. This is unacceptable to us! Read more here
WHY BRONX KIDS BOOGIE
In 2015, Sweet Water Dance & Yoga was inspired to launch Bronx Kids Boogie, a community initiative dedicated to creating an organic, authentic and self-perpetuating culture of health, wellness and mindfulness among Bronx kids and their families. At our kickoff event last year, Bronx Kids Boogie gave away close to 200 yoga mats to kids in our community, exposing them to fun and fitness by way of free yoga, dance, fitness and nutrition classes in local area parks and community gardens. It was a blast! Click here
to see images.
As successful and joyous as these events were, we realized that in order to effect the changes the Bronx so desperately needs will require more than just blood pressure and weight stations at health fairs. It will require developing a Bronx flavored culture of health and wellness from the babies up. A culture that values wellness, wholeness and healing developed by us, for us.
ENTER THE ROOTS & RIVERS CULTURAL ARTS PROGRAM
These realizations inspired us to create a curriculum tailored to address the issues at the root of this crisis. The core values of the program are mindfulness and stewardship: mindfulness in our every day, and stewardship over our health, our community and our environment. It is now well documented that the experience of poverty creates a state of pervasive stress that makes mindfulness and healing secondary, and us more likely to make undesirable choices for our lives. What our community needs is mindfulness, movement and self-awareness.
In 2016, Bronx Kids Boogie, now organized as a not for profit corporation, launched Roots & Rivers Cultural Arts Program hosting 16 Bronx kids for an amazing journey to health, wellness and habits of mindfulness. In this program, participants were led through a six week intensive focusing on four concentration areas: Community & Environment, Mindful Movement, Fine Arts and Applied Skills which culminated in the publication of the group’s poetry chapbook, and a Summer Recital & Art Show of their own production. The program was a resounding success, and the lives of 15 Bronx families were deeply impacted by the substance and culture of this program. Parents report that they are still surprised to find Windex has been replaced with a natural homemade glass cleaning solution, and at least five homes have started composting their organic waste. We could not be prouder. Check out our Facebook page HERE
for pictures of our summer adventures.
It is our vision that we can change these statistics and what they say about us by empowering our kids both in their own skin and in the environment just beyond. Our mission is to continue to refine our curriculum, deliver this programming at little or no cost to Bronx Kids, and with the help of impact studies conducted by the appropriate partners in Public Health, identify those practices that will not only propel us out of last place, but take us straight to the top of the list. Anthony Robbins once said that “your deepest pain is your greatest gift if you learn how to use it.” We believe the Bronx can rise from the stubborn ashes of neglect as a brilliant phoenix to lead in healing poor communities and creating cultures of wellness. We hope you will see the value in the work we are doing and choose to give.
NO DONATION IS TOO LARGE OR TOO SMALL!
As we prepare for incorporating and funding Bronx Kids Boogie, we are making a quick call for private donations to help cover the costs we incurr in running the program. We are currently looking to raise $14,400.00 over the next couple of weeks to cover costs associated with running the programming we deliver to our Roots & Rivers Stewards. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and only encourage us to continue paving the way for healthier Bronx Kids by making our programming accessible to underserved community members.
WE'VE GOT GIVEAWAYS!
On Friday, October 7th, Sweet Water Dance & Yoga is holding its Second Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser., featuring a bevy of top notch Bronx talent, food and drinks! Reception begins at 7P and the show begins at 8P.
Donors giving $1000.00 or more recieve four (4) tickets to our Gala.
Donors giving between $500.00 and $1000.00 will recieve two (2) tickets to our Gala.
Donors giving more than $100.00 and less than $500.00 will recieve 3 Free Classes of their choice at Sweet Water Dance & Yoga.
Donors giving anything less than $100.00 will recieve 1 Free Class of their choice at Sweet Water Dance & Yoga.
Please join us in helping our Bronx Kids Boogie.