OUR MISSION

We share yoga and meditation with incarcerated people to promote rehabilitation, personal transformation, and a more just society for all.

VISION

VALUES

STAFF & BOARD

FINANCES

OUR VISION

We’re Reimagining The Criminal Justice System

We envision a world where all communities are healthy and thriving, where all people feel safe, connected, and valued. Through our programs, we open doors to self-understanding, resilience, and transformation. We work with the WA State corrections leadership to create opportunities within the system, including yoga classes for prison staff and yoga teacher trainings for incarcerated people.

Because trauma lives in our bodies, it can only be addressed and integrated if the body is a central part of treatment and recovery. This is why our trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation programs are so effective. By teaching our students to breathe and connect to themselves (body-mind-heart), students uncover their inner strengths, learn how to manage stressors, and fundamentally change the way their brains are wired. These practical, restorative tools form an essential foundation upon which people can build their lives.

Most of our students return to society, about 97%. When they do, we want to make sure they have the resources to thrive and fulfill their potential. That’s why we advocate for restorative justice solutions and the removal of barriers that prevent formerly incarcerated people from rebuilding their lives. It takes all of us to end the incarceration cycle. YBB students are prepared to support the health of themselves, their families, and our communities–let’s welcome them home.

OUR VALUES

We live these values on and off the mat, behind bars and behind desks

Integrity

We act with honesty and transparency.


Love

We believe in love as the most powerful and affirming force for change, love wins.


Excellence

We are committed to be the best we can be. We learn, grow, and evolve.


Social Justice

We believe each of us has the capacity to change the world if given the resources to do so.

We embody and practice antiracist values as an organization and leverage our resources and networks to promote these values.


Community

We are dedicated to building thriving and diverse communities. We work together.

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OUR STAFF

We’re Reimagining The Criminal Justice System

Rosa Vissers

Rosa Vissers

Executive Director

Amara Oden

Amara Oden

Development Director

Jess Frank

Jess Frank

Program Director

Ximena Narvaja

Ximena Narvaja

Operations Director

Alyssa Pizarro

Alyssa Pizarro

Development Coordinator

Maggie Wegener

Maggie Wegener

Administrative Coordinator

OUR BOARD

Nicole Tsong

Nicole Tsong

Board President

Erin Stuckey

Erin Stuckey

Board Member

Matt Rowe

Matt Rowe

Board Member

Seghon Rorie

Seghon Rorie

Board Member

Julian Saucier

Julian Saucier

Vice President

Jeanne Marie Isola

Jeanne Marie Isola

Board Member

Vanessa McClure

Vanessa McClure

Board Member

Megan Millard

Megan Millard

Board Member

Liz Van Hoy

Liz Van Hoy

Board Secretary

Johnna White

Johnna White

Board Member

Elizabeth Poh

Elizabeth Poh

Board Member

Nimit Pathak

Nimit Pathak

2018-19 Board Fellow

Cedra DuFlon-Heide

Cedra DuFlon-Heide

Board Treasurer

Katherine Axt

Katherine Axt

Board Member

Holly Brauchli

Holly Brauchli

Board Member

Alexis Rinck

Alexis Rinck

2018-19 Board Fellow

TRAUMA-INFORMED TRAINING GUEST FACULTY

Laura Prudhomme

Laura Prudhomme

Lead Trainer

Natalie Cielle

Natalie Cielle

Guest Faculty

OUR INSTRUCTORS

OUR ANNUAL REPORTS

We’re Reimagining The Criminal Justice System

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