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San Diego Organization Ranked "Top-Rated Non-Profit" by greatnonprofits.org

Oceanside-based Sean O’Shea Foundation teaches at-risk youth yoga and nutrition throughout San Diego

 
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Oceanside, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/02/2013 -- A non-profit named in honor of a beloved yoga teacher who donated his time by teaching yoga to at-risk youth in Oceanside was recently named as a “Top Rated Non-Profit 2013” by GreatNonProfits.org, the leading developer of online tools that allow people to find, review, and share information about nonprofits.

Sean O’Shea passed away in a freak highway accident in December of 2006. An Encinitas resident, O’Shea was the owner of the Four Seasons yoga studio in La Jolla. Sean’s mother, Gloria O’Shea founded the foundation shortly after his death.To date, the foundation has introduced yoga, nutrition and environmental stewardship to over 8,000 at-risk and/or low-income students in 75 schools throughout San Diego County, ranging from 8-18 years old (3rd through 12th graders).

The Sean O’Shea Foundation, which also completed a very successful first year in Los Angeles County, embedded in its gang-ridden communities, was ranked as a top-rated nonprofit, based on the large number of positive reviews that the Foundation received, including reviews written by volunteers, donors, participants and clients.

“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit. This award is a form of recognition by the community. People with direct experience with the Sean O’Shea Foundation have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

The foundation’s director, Gloria O’Shea, added, The Sean O’Shea Foundation’s ranking as a top-rated non-profit for its innovative yoga and healthy living school programs comes on the heels of a July 24th Forbes.com article entitled, “How Yoga Could Help Keep Kids in School,” which details that science is now confirming that so-called ‘mindfulness’ practices such as yoga and meditation can combat dropout and incarceration rates as well as post-traumatic stress disorder and a myriad of other societal problems, that cost the U.S. economy trillions of dollars a year.

Prominent researchers who recently met at the Omega Institute Conference to document the scientific and societal merits of yoga and meditation, included BK Bose, Ph.D., founder of the Niroga Institute, which is partnering with the Sean O’Shea Foundation for their September 7th, “Transformative Life Skills” (TLS) training, which is open to anybody wanting to learn a powerful application of mindfulness practices designed for wellness and recovery. The program is limited to 30 participants.

The Sean O'Shea Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that is designed to empower youth with a Yoga curriculum focusing on providing memorable programs aimed at enriching young lives and providing invaluable instructors who will be a positive role model while developing long-term relationships with educators and community. Visit http://seanosheafoundation.org/ or call Gloria O’Shea: 760.453.9924.