Breathe For Change was started by teachers, for teachers.
Our Founder Dr. Ilana Nankin’s dissertation research demonstrated that the stressful working conditions for educators in our country are negatively impacting teaching and learning (no big surprise to us teachers!), and that by enhancing teacher well-being, we can also enhance social-emotional and academic outcomes for students.
In January 2015, inspired by her research and teaching experiences, Ilana created Breathe For Change to transform education by empowering teachers as champions of well-being in their lives, classrooms and school communities. In June 2015, B4C brought 34 educators from around the world together for the first ever 200-hour wellness and yoga teacher training specifically designed for educators. After their transformational experiences, graduates came to us to request support in enhancing the well-being of their entire school communities - and we devoted our non-profit arm to providing support, mentorship, and resources for educators to do just that.
Since the beginning, talented mind-body experts, social entrepreneurs, and education leaders have joined the team - including Ilana’s partner in crime Michael Fenchel - helping grow B4C into a national movement with trainings in Madison, the Bay Area, and New York City. Our team has conducted research on the impact of our trainings and school programs, and have created a powerful and effective theory of change and curriculum to generate community transformation.
Now, we are continuing to unite, train, and support teachers and change agents in order to inspire collective well-being in ourselves, our relationships, and our communities. We are expanding to offer more trainings for educators and support them leading school-wide wellness programs in communities across the country. We also offer institutes for other professionals who want to work alongside educators to make the world a better place.
We are creating a rapidly-growing movement of passionate educators and change agents working together to Change the World, One Breath at a Time!
Our Social Enterprise and Non-Profit Impact Model
Breathe For Change has an impact model that includes both a social enterprise company and a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Our social enterprise runs B4C trainings, providing valuable tools to teachers and other professionals committed to making the world a better place. We provide scholarships to educators in need to make our trainings as accessible and affordable as possible.
Our 501(c)(3) non-profit runs our school wellness and educator graduate programs, providing subsidized transformational support for our under-resourced education system.
Individuals inspired by our cause can contribute to our non-profit or can spread the word about our upcoming trainings. We look forward to hearing from you!