Yoga4Change
96 Curtis Street
Meriden CT 06450
Contact Information
Address 96 Curtis Street
Meriden, CT 06450-
Telephone (203) 415-3271 x
Fax 203-415-3271
E-mail Chaucey@yoga4change.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

Our Mission

Empowering individuals facing barriers to life success with the health and wellness benefits of mindfulness‐based, Hatha yoga.
 

We Believe that...

• Health and well‐being are the cornerstones of empowered living and the effective pursuit of happiness.

• Mind/body practices promote health and well-being and prevent practitioners from being trapped behind barriers such as toxic stress, disabilities, the challenges of aging, and traumatic experiences.

• Individual well-being is the building block of healthy, vibrant families and communities.

• True empowerment requires direct transmission of knowledge and practices, providing the opportunity for self‐selection and ownership of the tools best suited to each individual.

Our Vision...

Increasing health and wellness in all communities by:

• Expanding access to high‐quality, mindfulness‐based yoga instruction.

• Expanding awareness of the benefits and value of mindfulness‐based yoga practices.

• Creating a diverse and highly‐qualified yoga teacher pool to provide yoga instruction that is specialized, accessible and culturally relevant to ALL.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2014
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Chaucey Perreault MS, RYT500, CYT
Board Chair Mrs. Chaucey Lynne Perreault MS, RYT500, CYT
Board Chair Company Affiliation Yoga4Change
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $65,000.00
Projected Expenses $65,000.00
Statements
Mission

Our Mission

Empowering individuals facing barriers to life success with the health and wellness benefits of mindfulness‐based, Hatha yoga.
 

We Believe that...

• Health and well‐being are the cornerstones of empowered living and the effective pursuit of happiness.

• Mind/body practices promote health and well-being and prevent practitioners from being trapped behind barriers such as toxic stress, disabilities, the challenges of aging, and traumatic experiences.

• Individual well-being is the building block of healthy, vibrant families and communities.

• True empowerment requires direct transmission of knowledge and practices, providing the opportunity for self‐selection and ownership of the tools best suited to each individual.

Our Vision...

Increasing health and wellness in all communities by:

• Expanding access to high‐quality, mindfulness‐based yoga instruction.

• Expanding awareness of the benefits and value of mindfulness‐based yoga practices.

• Creating a diverse and highly‐qualified yoga teacher pool to provide yoga instruction that is specialized, accessible and culturally relevant to ALL.

Background

Yoga4Change was founded in 2014 by Meriden native, Chaucey Perreault, MS, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) and her husband David Radcliffe. During its first two years, Yoga4Change (Y4C) operated under the fiscal umbrella of Meriden’s Women and Families Center (WFC). During that time, the Y4C Director and Board were able to focus attention primarily on the development of program service design, mission, vision and core beliefs. Y4C also benefited from the WFC’s fiscal expertise, learning valuable lessons in nonprofit management and fiscal responsibility that have been incorporated into program operations. In July of 2016, Yoga4Change received its 501c3 designation from the Internal Revenue Service and transitioned to independent operation.

The mission of Y4C is to empower individuals facing barriers to life success through the health and wellness benefits of mindfulness-based yoga. We offer a non-religious, mind/body practices that have been demonstrated to: aid recovery from trauma (PTSD) and addiction, aid in the management of chronic mental health conditions, produce improvements in self regulation abilities, and increase overall wellness, including balance, strength, and flexibility.

Our program seeks to make the health and wellness benefits of this practice available to individuals that traditionally lack access due to income constraints and other barriers. Our programs are designed to convey an understanding of body/mind processes and guided practice of them to facilitate ownership and self-selection of the strategies that best suit each individual.
 
We utilize evidence-based yoga curricula to serve youth, seniors, and those recovering from addiction.  And we utilize research-validated assessment tools to measure the impact of our programs.
Impact

During the 2015-16 fiscal year, Y4C served over 730 students in Central CT.   Our student body includes at-risk youth (ages 3 - 18), individuals in recovery from addiction (adults and adolescents), individuals with chronic mental health conditions, and low-income senior citizens.

The average Y4C adult saw gains of 23 percentage points on the Measure of Current Status Scale (MOCS), which measures resiliency by demonstrating gains in self awareness, the ability to relax, and coping confidence.

The average Y4C senior saw gains of 19% on the Activities Specific Balance Confidence Scale.

 The average Y4C youth saw:

 62% increase in proprioception (balance, strength, flexibility)

  • 69% increase in the ability to work cooperatively
  • 47% increase in knowledge of and ability to employ strategies to manage stress
  • 45% increase in impulse control
  • 85% increase in the ability to sustain focus over a 5 minute period

 

Needs
Yoga4Change's most pressing needs include:
  • Unrestricted funding to support coordination, administrative, and mission-oriented activities not covered by grant funding.
  • Volunteers to help with organizational communications (traditional and social) marketing and finances
  • University researchers to support program evaluation
  • Professional, certified yoga instructors 
CEO Statement
Yoga4Change provides high quality yoga to groups in CT cities who would otherwise not have access to its health and wellness benefits.  We are also unique in that:
 
We serve 3 main, priority populations

 

  • At risk youth (preschoolers, school-based programs, adolescents)
  • Low-income seniors (chair-based programs in low-income senior housing and senior centers)
  • Individuals receiving services to manage chronic mental health issues and addiction (adults and adolescents).

 

We utilize evidence-based curriculums:

 

  • Youth programs utilize the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools Curriculum.
  • Low-income senior programs utilize the Silver Age Yoga Curriculum.
  • Mental Health and Addiction Programs are delivered by instructors with specific training and/or experience with trauma-sensitive yoga and are informed by the renowned Yoga for 12 Step Recovery program (Y12SR).

 

We utilize research-validated assessment tools:

 

  • All adults utilize the Measure of Current Status (MOCS) Scale, which measures resiliency by assessing self awareness, the ability to relax and coping confidence.
  • Seniors also utilize the Activities Specific Balance Confidence Scale (ABC Balance).
  • Youth are assessed using an instructor-administered observational survey that includes mindfulness-specific tasks as well as standards taken from the CT Early Learning Development Standards and the National Physical Education Standards for self regulation and social/emotional learning.
  • Adults assessments utilize a Retrospective Post-then-pre model. This research-validated method asks participants to assess their progress at the close of programming, comparing their abilities on key measures post program with their abilities at outset. This method ensures participants have the requisite knowledge and vocabulary base to answer questions accurately (avoiding potential response shift bias). 
Instructors
  • We employ only registered, professional yoga instructors with specialized training in the methods best suited to the priority population they serve.
  • Our instructors are required to conduct all aspects of program delivery from outreach to post assessment.  
  • As professionals in their field, they are compensated accordingly.
Board Chair Statement
Yoga4Change founder, President, and Executive Director, Chaucey Perreault, holds a Master's Degree in education with 10+ years of experience in the special education classroom.  She is an experienced RYT500, and a Certified Yoga Therapist who teaches regularly to all 3 priority populations served.
 
Her story is important to the values that the organization lives every day, both on and off the yoga mat.  The excerpt below is provided by the Kripalu Center for Health and Wellness.
 
As someone who has personally struggled with addiction and PTSD, Kripalu Yoga teacher Chaucey Perreault understands that trauma comes in many shapes and forms. Yoga4Change, her not-for-profit based in Meriden, Connecticut, takes that into consideration when teaching to a wide range of populations, including preschoolers, elementary school children, urban teens, adolescents healing from addiction and mental-health disorders, low-income seniors, low-income families and Spanish-speakers.

“There’s a documented higher incidence of trauma among low-income communities,” Chaucey says. “There’s the trauma most of us think of in the form of traumatic experiences, but there’s also the low-level trauma of living in impoverished communities with the daily struggles of keeping a roof over the family’s head and worrying about neighborhood crime. And we have to acknowledge the cumulative, daily trauma of being treated poorly by the systems you seek help from simply because of the color of your skin, your socioeconomic status, or the language you speak. This more insidious trauma affects our sense of trust in others and the way we interact. It’s important for teachers to be aware of this and incorporate trauma sensitive and culturally sensitive strategies into their instruction.”

For Chaucey, “Yoga was about finding trust in myself. I had a successful career and family for decades, but I often felt like I was putting on a front. My inner world didn’t match my outer world, and it left me unable to trust myself and my own intuition.” She first came to Kripalu in 2011, at a low point in her life: She’d recently lost her job as a special education teacher, a member of her family, and her marriage had collapsed. This series of unfortunate events triggered her unresolved PTSD. “I was definitely in ‘pick up the pieces’ mode when I found Kripalu,” she says. “I came for an R&R Retreat and wandered into a workshop on grief and loss, and the teacher led the group in yoga nidra. I thought, this is yoga.” Within a year, she was enrolled in Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training. “I realized how important yoga was for me, and I knew teaching would keep it front and center in my life,” she says.

Chaucey founded Yoga4Change in 2013, offering classes for low-income families in her home. Parents did yoga in the living room, while free childcare was provided in the family room. Soon parents began asking for yoga for the children as well. “It became clear very quickly that we were going to need more space,” she says. She found an established nonprofit, Meriden’s Women and Families Center, to partner with her fledgling organization, and began offering expanded programming. In its first year, Yoga 4 Change served 420 people; this spring, it served nearly that number each week. Chaucey and her staff of five teachers offer classes and one-on-one sessions for students ranging in age from 3 to 93 at partner-agency locations throughout Connecticut.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Personal Social Services
Secondary Organization Category Health Care / Health Support
Areas Served
State wide
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
State-wide, with focus on Meriden, Waterbury, New Britain and New Haven.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
We believe that the self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-compassion tools of yoga are not just a luxury.  In fact, we believe that developing an understanding of own body and its amazing healing abilities may well be the most important body of knowledge any of us ever learns.
 
We believe that the only way to make the benefits of this practice a mainstream, sustainable offering is to expand access to and awareness of yoga's benefits.  
 
And we believe that this requires a professional, impactful offering that will secure the investment of community partners. 
Programs
Description
  • Low-income Seniors
  • Low-income families served in 2-generational Classes
  • School Readiness Preschool Programs
  • Elementary Students in Extended Day Programs
  • Elementary After School Programs
  • Teens in After School Programming
  • Special Needs students
  • Urban Community Yoga Classes
  • Adults Overcoming Chronic Mental Health and Addiction
  • Teens Overcoming Chronic Mental Health and Addiction
Population Served At-Risk Populations / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Adults
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Measure 1:
Utilizing the validated assessment tool, the Measure of Current Status Scale (MOCS), 80% of adult participants will realize gains in at least 4 of the following skills:

· Awareness of tension
· Ability to reduce tension
· Ability to re-examine thoughts to form fuller perspective
· Ability to anticipate stress triggers
· Ability to choose best coping response for hard situations
· Ability to find emotional balance during negative times
· Overall sense that they have the ability to overcome life challenges

Measure 2:
Yoga4Change program objectives come directly from National Physical Education Standards and CT Early Learning and Development Standards. Objectives will be measured quantified via observation by instructor at the start and finish of each 8-week session.
· 60% will demonstrate increased proprioception by mastering age-appropriate yoga postures requiring balance, strength & flexibility
· 80% will demonstrate their ability to work cooperatively and compassionately with others as demonstrated through sustained partner and group yoga activities
· 80% will demonstrate the ability to practice strategies for dealing with stress, such as deep breathing, guided visualization and aerobic exercise
· 80% will demonstrate the ability to sustain focus as by the ability to remain calm and within prescribed boundaries over a 5-minute period

Measure 3:
80% of seniors will realize gains on the Activities Specific Balance Confidence Scale
60% of seniors will realize gains in stress management skills utilizing the MOCS Scale:
· Awareness of tension
· Ability to reduce tension
· Ability to re-examine thoughts to form fuller perspective
· Ability to anticipate stress triggers
· Ability to choose best coping response for hard situations
· Ability to find emotional balance during negative times
· Overall sense that they have the ability to overcome life challenges

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Improved:

o Resilience, including the development of a positive and empowering relationship with the body by developing self-acceptance and the ability to make personal choices best suited to self.

- Mental and emotional empowerment, learning and practicing mind/body strategies to:

o Recognize and redirect negative thoughts and behavior patterns.

o Recognize and manage the effects of stress.

o Increased strength, flexibility and balance for Seniors seeking to remain independent.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

We utilize research-validated assessment tools:

Adults are assessed using a Retrospective Post-then-pre model. This research-validated method asks participants to assess their progress at the close of programming, comparing their abilities on key measures post program with their abilities at outset. This method ensures participants have the requisite knowledge and vocabulary base to answer questions accurately (avoiding potential response shift bias). Assessment tools include:

· All adults utilize the Measure of Current Status (MOCS) Scale

· Low income seniors utilize the Measure of Current Status (MOCS) Scale and the Activities Specific Balance Confidence Scale (ABC Balance).

· Youth are assessed using an instructor-administered observational survey that includes mindfulness-specific tasks as well as standards taken from the CT Early Learning Development Standards and the National Physical Education Standards for self regulation and social/emotional learning.

Program Comments
CEO Comments

During the 2015-16 fiscal year, Y4C served over 730 students in Central CT. Students include preschool programs, elementary students' Extended Day programs, special needs students, individuals in recovery from addiction (adults and adolescents), individuals with chronic mental health conditions, and low-income senior citizens.

Through our first two years of experience, we have fine-tuned program design to maximize impact for varied special populations (seniors, preschool, trauma survivors, etc) and expanded funding partnerships and service agency partnerships to ensure a diversified funding stream . We continue to fine-tune fiscal/operational procedures and have put systems in place to track expenditures (purchases, oversite, and instruction) by grant fund, by region, by instructor, and by population served. Every hour taught can be accounted for to ensure grant funding is utilized as promised.

We’ve also trained our very first Y4C student-turned-teacher, Mike Bennett. A Meriden resident, veteran, and all-around active citizen in our town, Mike has been assisting/ teaching youth and senior classes in Meriden. He will complete his Kripalu Yoga in the Schools and Silver Age Yoga certifications this summer.

In 2016, our efforts were recognized by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, as well as the Kripalu Center for Health and Wellness – the largest yoga and wellness center in North America.

CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Chaucey Perreault MS, RYT500, CYT
Term Start Jan 2014
Email Chaucey@yoga4change.org
Experience
Founder, Executive Director and humble servant to Yoga4Change, Inc.
 
Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT) providing 1:1 yoga therapy for individuals facing barriers to life success.
 
RYT500 - teaching 10+ classes weekly to seniors, youth, and individuals struggling with addiction and chronic mental health issues.
 
Master's Degree - Secondary Education - with 10+ years of experience in a mindfulness-based special education classroom serving bright students with identified learning disabilities.
 
10+ years of experience in grant writing and program administration  in the nonprofit sector, with an emphasis on planning and development to serve low-income populations
 
Wife, mother of 3, daughter, yogi, and lover of all 3 of her crazy dogs. 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 6
Number of Contract Staff 6
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
We partner with the following:
 
United Way of Meriden and Wallingford
Ion Bank Foundation
New Britain YWCA
City of New Haven Department of Elderly Services
Hartford Health Care / Rushford Clinics
Carabetta Management Company
Women and Families Center preschool program
Center Congregational preschool
Ben Bronze Academy
Meriden Public Schools
City of Meriden Department of Health and Human Services
South Central CT Area Agency on Aging 
CT Community Foundation
Waterbury BRASS - Senior Services 
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Presidential Fitness AwardPresident's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition2016
Board Chair
Mrs. Chaucey Lynne Perreault MS, RYT500, CYT
Company Affiliation Yoga4Change
Term July 2016 to July 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Mike Bennett RYTBeat the Street Community Center
Ms. Amy Loree PhDYale University
Ms. Devon Parish MSYale University
Mr. David W. Radcliffe MPAFederal Reserve Bank of Boston
Ms. Lynn Vasquez Eversource Energy
Ms. Sara Vega Meriden Housing Authority
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
CEO Comments

Our Board of Directors is made up of 7 volunteers that guide implementation of our Mission and Vision. The volunteer expertise on our Board includes: Accounting, Psychology, Research, Special Education and Curriculum, Public Administration, Human Services, Public Relations, Nonprofit development, and of course, yoga.

 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $65,000.00
Projected Expenses $65,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$20,000$29,720--
Government Contributions$2,000$2,000$800
Federal------
State------
Local$2,000$2,000$800
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$5,223$4,634$728
$6,100$2,326$2,326
$9,671--$736
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$36,974$34,383$2,417
Administration Expense$5,925$4,297$1,100
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.31
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%89%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets------
Current Assets------
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets------
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $7,500CUNO Foundation $9,200Meriden/Wallingford United Way $2,326
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMW United Way $6,100SCCT Area Agency on Aging $4,850Meriden CDBG $800
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSCCT Area Agency on Aging $4,850MW United Way $2,326 --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments

During its first 2 years of operation, Yoga4Change operated under the fiscal umbrella of its sponsor the Women and Families Center.  All audits and tax filings were conducted by the Women and Families Center.  Yoga 4Change will undergo its own independent Audit at the close of the current fiscal year.  A 990 tax filing will follow.

 
Since transitioning to independent operations, Yoga4Change has utilized a Certified Public Accountant to assist with all aspects of accounting. This CPA serves as a check for all financial operations including: receipts, payments, deposits to the agency’s accounts, monthly reconciliation of bank statements, and auditing billable hours reports against accounting records. Through our accountant’s guidance, we are able to follow generally accepted accounting practices.
 
Foundation Staff Comments

From 2014 until early May 2016, Yoga4Change operated under the 501c3 of the Women and Families Center. The 990s and audits contained in this profile are those for the Women and Families Center. The previous three years of financial information in the profile is specific to Yoga4Change.

 
This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 96 Curtis Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Primary Phone 203 415-3271
Contact Email Chaucey@yoga4change.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Chaucey Perreault MS, RYT500, CYT
Board Chair Mrs. Chaucey Lynne Perreault MS, RYT500, CYT
Board Chair Company Affiliation Yoga4Change

 

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