Crossover Yoga Project (CYP) to Hold Major Fundraising Event
New York’s “Raise the Age” Law Expected to Increase Demand for Mental Health and Other Services to Build Resilient Teens in Westchester County
CYP’s fundraising event will gather County leaders and directors of local detention centers to learn about the October 1st implementation of Raise the Age, signed into law by Governor Cuomo on April 10th. The legislation raises the age of criminal responsibility in New York State to 18 years and mandates relocation of incarcerated juveniles under 18 from jails to local area detention centers.
CROTON ON HUDSON, NY — October 8, 2018 — With New York’s “Raise the Age” reform expected to drive an increase in demand for innovative interventions to build resilient teens throughout the state, the Crossover Yoga Project is holding a fundraiser on October 12 at Cedar Lane Arts Center in Ossining to support an anticipated expansion of its program to meet the demand in Westchester County.
Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health Commissioner Michael Orth and Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia will offer remarks at the fundraiser, while attendees will also hear powerful stories of trauma survivors’ transformation as a result of CYP’s programs.
“Raise the Age is a welcome recognition of longstanding research that tells us 16 and 17 year-old adolescents are still children in terms of their brains’ development and can’t be held accountable for their actions in the same way as adults,” said CYP Founder and Executive Director Elisha Simpson. “Its implementation will require resources be channeled into mental health and other services for treating the root causes of their behavior and transitioning them to a better future.”
CYP works to rehabilitate sexually trafficked teen girls from trauma and support them in building resilience, self-awareness, and confidence. Since its launch in 2015, CYP has helped over 2,500 girls at juvenile detention centers, shelters, and residential treatment centers throughout Westchester Count to reclaim their voices through trauma-informed yoga, mindfulness, and art therapy.
The fundraiser will take place on October 12 from 7-9 pm at Cedar Lane Arts Center, 235 Cedar Lane, Ossining. Tickets are available at:
About the Crossover Yoga Project
Launched in 2015, the Crossover Yoga Project’s mission is to empower teenage girls through trauma-informed yoga, mindfulness and creative art therapy, to provide tools to help make positive choices in their future. CYP’s gender-responsive approach helps participants gain tools for self-regulation, self-control and self-awareness by practicing our evidence-based curriculum. Research indicates that girls who participate in gender-responsive programs tend to live healthier lives, take more responsibility, and make better decisions.
CYP’s innovation lies in its unique combination of yoga, mindfulness, and art therapy:
- Gender-sensitive yoga is one of the most effective and highly recommended treatments to help build resilience in teen girls, while trauma-informed yoga is one of the highest rated evidence-based practices for managing trauma, anxiety, and other problems.
- Mindfulness meditation is also one of the most researched interventions for a range of mental health problems and has been proven to have lasting effects with only small amounts of practice time.
- International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies says creative art therapies “have a tradition of use with children and teens … as a way to access non-verbal material or content that is unavailable to words. Hence, [creative art therapies] are especially well suited to work with children who have experienced trauma.”
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