University of Chicago’s Crime Lab Awards DLF $300,000 to Help End Violence in Chicago

by Bibi Tran on June 04, 2015


The University of Chicago’s Crime Lab in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Get IN Chicago, and the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation have awarded the David Lynch Foundation $300,000 to help reduce youth violence in Chicago’s most underserved communities. Through these funds, the Foundation will be able to teach Transcendental Meditation to 250 youth in high crime areas over the next year. Read the official press release here.

For the past 10 years, the David Lynch Foundation has partnered with public school systems, veteran service organizations, women’s shelters, and correctional institutions to introduce the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique to reduce stress, heal trauma and decrease violence among at-risk youth and adults in major U.S. cities, including New York, Newark, New Haven, Washington, DC, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The outcomes of the DLF programs are significant. For example, studies on veterans who meditate show a 50% reduction in symptoms of post-traumatic stress, and schools offering the TM-based Quiet Time program have found an 86% reduction in suspensions, a 25% increase in academic performance among low-performing students, and a 40% decrease in psychological distress. Quiet Time also prevents teacher burnout and emotional exhaustion among faculty and staff.

“This is a tool that will help our students to be able to successfully navigate life no matter where life happens to take them,” says Nakisha Hobbs, the principal of the Village Leadership Academy in Chicago.

James Dierke, executive vice president of the American Federation of School Administrators, agrees: “This is the most powerful and effective program I’ve come across in my 40 years as a public school educator for addressing the problem of stress in education, particularly in our inner city schools.”

In addition to its efforts to curb youth violence, the Foundation is working to help bereaved mothers in Chicago to heal from tragic loss.

Watch their story below.

Learn More:

About DLF’s Work in Chicago
Help Support DLF’s Chicago Programs


  1. This is beautiful! The video brought me to tears- first of grief and then JOY! Congratulations DLF !
    Dr. O’Connell, co-editor of ” Prescring Health: Transcendental Meditation in Contemporary Medical Care. “

    Dr.David O'Connell
    • Thank you David! Working with these families has been a joy, especially since the TM training has provided them with relief and peace. They are all very loving and want to end the violence in Chicago. They believe TM can help, especially by providing the program for youth in Chicago.


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I started Transcendental Meditation in 1973 and have not missed a single meditation ever since. Twice a day, every day. It has given me effortless access to unlimited reserves of energy, creativity and happiness deep within.

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