The Jimmy Miller Foundation provides a unique Ocean Therapy experience for children labeled At-Risk in the Los Angeles area. The Ocean Therapy sessions provide individualized surfing instruction, while building self-efficacy and self-confidence in the participants through group-based discussion sessions led by a certified occupational therapist.
The children are supported in a 1:1 environment where they have their own personal surf instructor, as well as other volunteers and friends to assist them while on the beach. The unique volunteer community created through the JMMF supports the therapeutic experience for each participant. The children who attend Ocean Therapy sessions have had a variety of challenges in their lives, some of which include physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse.
The participating organizations include the Richstone Family Center of Hawthorne, Hollygrove (An EMQ FamiliesFirst Agency) of Hollywood and Hillsides of Pasadena. Each of these organizations are dedicated to creating enriched, successful and supported lives for the children they serve, and have endorsed the JMF Ocean Therapy sessions as one of their most successful programs.
Sessions are held on the beach at Rosecrans Ave in Manhattan Beach. Please see the Ocean Therapy section for further details and Ocean Therapy dates.