We have learned that health — physical, emotional, and social — is a critical determinant of academic success. Building on our small advisory structure, which ensures students develop close relationships with their advisors and peers, our comprehensive wellness program provides the following key services:
ON-SITE SOCIAL WORKER
Students are never alone in a crisis. Our full-time School Social Worker and other staff offer immediate services for all counseling needs. Our students always have someone who knows them well and is ready to help.
FREE MEDICAL CARE and MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Access to regular medical care is provided through our collaboration with St. John’s Well Child & Family Clinic. For many of our students, this marks their first access to regular physical examinations. Access to free Mental Health Services is offered through our collaboration with St. Anne’s.
In addition, New Village regularly offers Art Therapy workshops, ongoing 9th grade Health Education sessions, and whole-school Monthly Wellness days.
AFTERSCHOOL PHYSICAL FITNESS
Our regular afterschool physical fitness program — led by staff from New Village and Youth Policy Institute — offers exercise, sports, and recreation that includes boot camp, volleyball, soccer, dance,yoga, and more.
Students have opportunities to regularly spend time in nature through our Hiking Club. From local hikes in Griffith Park to our Annual Yosemite Backpacking Trip, students who choose to participate develop self-confidence, teamwork, fitness, and an appreciation of the natural world.
Our on-site organic garden inspires our healthful cooking activities and enables us to engage our students in the life-long practice of healthy eating and proper nutrition. Working with chefs from L.A.’s acclaimed Alma Restaurant, students have opportunities to learn cooking techniques and recipes from the pros.
“QUIET TIME” MEDITATION PROGRAM
The entire New Village community practices Transcendental Meditation for 15 minutes, twice a day, at the beginning and end of school. With on-going training provided by the David Lynch Foundation, this program offers a valuable tool to help students deal with challenging life circumstances and the daily transition from home to school.