About Us

Mission & Vision


To help youth within and without foster care jump-start their healing journey from past trauma and adverse life experiences through the Five Steps 2 Wellness: Meditation, Yoga, Expressive Writing, Community, & Nutrition.


To create the next generation of yoga and meditation teachers who will further expand the Five Steps 2 Wellness, creating a world where we are continually breathing, meditating, and healing together!



Demetrius Napolitano founded fostering Meditation (F.M.) after 22 years inside NYC’s foster care system, where he struggled with complex trauma, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. A friend introduced him to Meditation, and in 2019 Demetrius started a GoFund and traveled alone to India to witness how Mindfulness and Yoga could help him manage his trauma and anxiety. Once Demetrius returned from his healing journey in June 2020, he began teaching the inward practices at his former elementary school, P.S. 108, in East Harlem. There he witnessed how the children gravitated towards his teachings with an inspiring dedication to learn and experience more. Soon after, F.M. was incorporated and granted its 501(c)3 status and a fiscal sponsor to help expand. Beginning in 2023, F.M. has partnered with five schools, several nonprofits, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), the Robin Hood Foundation, Deloitte, and various News outlets to spread awareness about the need for Meditation. 



If you would have told me ten years ago, I would graduate from both St. John’s and New York University, present a policy paper on adoption subsidy fraud to President Obama’s Administration while interning on Capitol Hill for Senator Kristen Gillibrand; that I would travel the country sharing my extremely traumatic upbringing; that I would study abroad in Ghana and speak to disadvantaged high schoolers on the shores of South Africa; and that I would loc my hair and travel alone to Nepal and India to study meditation and yoga for nine months, only to return to start my own organization called Fostering Meditation — I would have laughed and then said “wrong guy.” Truth is, I have been fortunate enough to do all these things and more.

I spent 22-years inside NYC’s foster care system, transferring between 30 placements throughout the five boroughs, was adopted twice, placed on prescribed medications, namely Ritalin and Adderall, spent time in a juvenile detention, and struggled with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I was destined to fail, to become another unfortunate statistic and end up either homeless, in jail, or worst — dead. Instead, by God’s grace, those few who believed in me, and my resilience to make a better life for myself, here I am an accomplished black man on a mission to change the world before He calls my name.

I welcome you to learn more about my journey through any of my former speeches, blogs, and poetry. I also invite you to join me for a Mindfulness-Meditation and Yoga session. It is my hope you will be inspired by my journey and be reminded no matter what cards you were dealt, in the end YOU have the power to choose your destiny rather than allowing anyone else to dictate to you who you are and your worth.

Demetrius Napolitano

When he was under a year old, Demetrius Napolitano was placed in New York City’s foster care system. He was adopted at ten and then put back into foster care three years later before getting adopted a second time at 20. After experiencing 30 different placements, he transitioned from the system when he was 22. During his time in foster care, he was physically, verbally, and sexually abused; placed on psychotropic medications to treat depression, ADHD, and PTSD; and he experienced a short stay inside juvenile detention and a psychiatric hospital before deciding to take charge of his life.

After graduating from St. John’s University with his associate’s in business management, he graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s in political science. In 2019, after being introduced to the practice of meditation, he started a GoFundMe, raised over $17,000, and traveled to India to study further how to use Yoga and Meditation to help him heal from the complex trauma he incurred from the foster, criminal, and mental institutions. Once Demetrius returned from his healing journey in June 2020, he founded Fostering Meditation (FM) to help young people nurture their mental development through the same tools he would later call “The Five Steps 2 Wellness”: Meditation, Yoga, Expressive Writing, Community, & Nutrition. Demetrius envisions bringing FM to youth within and without the foster care system nationally, creating more communities of people breathing, meditating, and healing together! 


Board of Directors

Charles Buice_0
Charles Buice

Tiger Foundation

Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez
Board Member
Jamel Robinson
Jamel Robinson
Jeremy K.
Jeremy Kohomban
Board Member

Children’s Village
President and CEO

Dawn Post
Dawn Post
Rasheba Johnson
Board Member