The Leadership Studio model was a concept roughly generated by urban education veteran, Kathy Whitmore, upon completing her own yoga teacher training in 2014. With a heart for service and a vision of hope… Kathy sought to bring the practice of yoga and the power of togetherness to the city she served for over four decades. The following winter, we set up shop in partnership with a local community center and by the time summer rolled around in 2015, a volunteer team of Grace & Glory Yoga teachers were providing yoga classes in all six wards of Atlantic City. The vision was simple: give people places to practice yoga. What was to happen next, was beyond anyone’s expectations: People came, people kept coming, people brought their friends and family, and people lovingly demanded more. The Leadership Studio as it stands today, was an answer to a consistent request for a yoga studio, a place to come together, in the heart of Atlantic City.
Whitmore and Grace & Glory Yoga Founder, Alexandra Nunzi, partnered to answer this call and bring the request to life. In 2017, The Leadership Studio opened as a brick-and-mortar yoga studio as a part of the Tennessee Avenue Renaissance project, inside of the newly deemed Orange Loop district. One of the country’s only non-profit model yoga studios, in partnership with various other community organizations, we are also able to provide wrap around services that cultivate social, emotional, and physical health and healing in Atlantic City. The Leadership Studio has become home to the Champions of Youth Program, a four year mentoring program that provides Atlantic City High Schools students with experiences that expand educational and environmental boundaries. Atlantic City, one of the most diverse cities in the United States, is a microcosm of the greater whole. If we can do this work here, bringing people together in powerful and transformative ways, if can be done everywhere. We believe it’s entirely possible to live in a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
THE LEADERSHIP STUDIO 161 S. TENNESSEE AVENUE ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 08401 609-300-6447