Important Message about Job Corps Enrollment. I learned last week that I (through the Niroga non-profit organization) would no longer be able to bring yoga to Job Corps due to the budget issues. I am so sad about this. The San Jose site let me stay on as long as possible as the students really loved the class. As voluntary attendance numbers were as high as 26 students per class it is clear that they got something out of the class. They were breathing with attention, stretching, gaining strength and developing ways to experience balance and composure. There was nothing like the subtle change that occurred from the beginning to the end of class – bringing a contented smile on each face as they prepared to re-enter their day. The written feedback confirmed the visible benefits were felt by the students as well.
It is a shame that the youth of this country should suffer from adult mismanagement of the funds. The costs of budget oversight and the minute legislation governing our public resources seem to have little impact on the actual review and control of program finances. It is frustrating and the negative impacts are felt throughout society.
I sincerely hope that the audits and reviews will clear up the issues and allow this program to resume full force in the summer. This is a national treasure for our under-served and vulnerable youth.