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Lemonade began in 2009 when Executive Director, Sandy Till began teaching a weekly volunteer class in San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall. By 2010, Lemonade was serving three units each week, and began looking for funding to offer a more sustainable base of classes. Lemonade has been a proud recipient of grants from Yoga Dana Foundation since 2010. This financial support has allowed Lemonade to bring in volunteer teachers, serve additional units, and begin an outreach program with Success Center San Francisco for recently paroled youth.

Who We Serve

Lemonade strives to work all youth in the juvenile justice system by teaching weekly classes at the juvenile hall in San Francisco County. Additionally, Lemonade serves Log Cabin Ranch, an 8-12 month residential treatment program, based in San Mateo County. Lemonade’s yoga program not only builds mentally and physically stronger youth, but establishes self-awareness and focus, encouraging youth to take time to listen to their bodies, take steps to change patterns and integrate new life skills to ensure success.

Our Roots

Lemonade’s yoga program is based on the work of Ana Forrest, creator of Forrest Yoga and author of Fierce Medicine. Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical and internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life. This challenges students to access their whole being and use it as a path to find and cleanse the emotional and mental blocks that dictate and limit their lives. This helps Lemonade’s juveniles to utilize yoga as an internal resource for coping and self-discovery.


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Lemonade has been teaching weekly yoga classes to youth in San Francisco’s Juvenile Justice Center since 2009. Through Lemonade’s yoga program, we are able to reach more than 50 youth each week who have often been victims of gang violence and sustained gunshot wounds, PTSD, depression, anxiety and uncertainty of their futures.

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Generous donors have given us books and new mats to give to our youth at no charge. Youth are invited to contact Lemonade if they would like a free copy of the Forrest Yoga book Fierce Medicine and/or a yoga mat to support their yoga practice. Also contact Lemonade if you are interested in volunteer opportunities.

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Lemonade has an internship opportunity through City Youth Now! Their Internship Program is designed to prepare youth for employment in a supportive environment. It introduces them to the world of work, allowing youth to gain self-confidence, career awareness, financial literacy, and interpersonal competencies in order to succeed.

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Learn how you can help

Your tax-deductible donation will support the work of Lemonade in the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center. Lemonade is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit organization. Please contact Lemonade regarding in-kind donations.

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