Inner Explorer

Launched 2022


Evidence-based mindfulness program designed to support youth mental health and well-being.

Inner Explorer’s mission is to make the daily practice of mindfulness approachable and accessible for all school communities. They work to equip educators, students and their families with valuable social-emotional skills that foster human potential serving to inoculate them against stress and poverty.

Their daily mindfulness practice program includes a series of 5–10-minute daily audio-guided exercises with four age-appropriate levels from preschool through high school. The daily practices teach breathing and relaxation, understanding emotions, gratitude, focus, empathy, self-control and self-regulation.

Teachers and students practice mindfulness together, so the student becomes “ready to learn” and the teacher becomes “ready to teach.”

GreenLight’s investment in Inner Explorer came during a critical time as the need to access preventative mental health resources for all children, especially those in under-resourced communities, had skyrocketed.

In Metro Atlanta, young people’s social, emotional, and mental well-being continues to be adversely impacted, leaving them stressed, anxious, and struggling to cope, especially our children in communities of color who must also contend with social stigma and lack of access to affordable, culturally responsive care.

  • Co-Founder
    Janice Houlihan, M.Ed
  • Co-Founder & CEO
    Laura S. Bakosh, Ph.D.
  • Regional Director, Metro Atlanta
    Royal Phillips
  • National Headquarters
    Franklin, MA
  • Email Contact
  • Website

Inner Explorer Local Goals

From 2022-2026


students reached


schools and community-based partners in metro Atlanta

In Atlanta

schools and community-based partners in metro Atlanta in the next four years

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