Kinesiology alumna Jessica Charles, ’10, to volunteer for the Africa Yoga Project

May 27 2014

Kinesiology alumna Jessica Charles,’10, will join the Africa Yoga Project as a volunteer this June. Charles, who currently serves as a program supervisor for ClimbCorps, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital initiative dedicated to preventing heart disease and improving health and wellbeing, will depart for Kenya at the end of that month and work on a variety of service projects for the organization.

The Africa Yoga Project (AYP) began in 2007 in some of the poorest areas in Kenya, where the organization’s founders witnessed the effects of using yoga and the moving arts as tools for experiential learning and development.

“This trip will be driven by the needs of the local community,” says Charles. “I am excited to inspire enthusiasm for being of service and to contribute to the development of sustainable projects that will positively impact local communities.”

Charles seeks to raise funds to cover the costs of her service projects. For those who are interested in donating, her fundraising page can be found here.

The AYP educates, empowers, elevates and employs youth from Africa using the transformational practice of yoga. Its vision is to create opportunities for youth to step into their greatness, become self-sustaining and leaders in their communities. Its core activities include: yoga practice, meditation, self-exploration through inquiry, performing arts as a vehicle for empowerment, health education (HIV/AIDS), relationship building, and community activism.

To learn more about Africa Yoga Project, please visit www.africayogaproject.org.