Empowering teens in the Greater New Orleans area who are impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline by providing culturally accessible and trauma responsive yoga classes.
Bonita Day, Camille Baldassar
Bonita Day (Co-Founder)
Bonita Day is a Co-Founder of Yoga 504 Youth. Inspired by her students, while teaching yoga to juveniles in a local detention facility, she co-founded an organization empowering adjudicated teens to excel and express their highest potential using the tools of yoga and mindfulness. Her goal is to be of service to her community by empowering our youth, with confidence that this intervention will instigate effective change to disrupt the stagnant social structures that create disparity. In addition to earning an MFA from Tulane University, Bonita trained to be a Yoga Instructor with Golden Bridge in India, has trained in Kundalini Yoga Therapy and has Trauma Informed Youth Yoga training through Project Peaceful Warriors, Street Yoga, Up2US Sports and Y.O.G.A for Youth.
Camille Baldassar (Co-Founder)
Camille Baldassar hails originally from Pittsburgh PA, and has lived in New Orleans for the past 20 years. Her love of all things interdisciplinary motivated her to complete two Interdisciplinary MAs: one in Studio Art, Art History, and Literature, and a second in Organization Design and Renewal. Camille has 20 years experience working with opportunity youth in K-12 classrooms as an Artist and as a Literacy Consultant. As part of her dedication to creating programming that disrupts Louisiana’s school-to-prison pipeline, she co-founded Yoga 504 Youth, which empowers adjudicated teens through the beneficial tools of yoga and mindfulness. She is Trauma Informed trained, and currently completing her 500-hour yoga certification.