Non-contact boxing is effective and fun way to help young people gain confidence and break down barriers allowing for honest communication. As youth focus on physical activity, such as hitting a punch bag, they relax, drop their guard and open up. Exercise clears the mind and creates a positive learning state, creating a welcoming environment for open discussion, socio-emotional skill building, and relationship development. Exercise changes brain chemistry which reduces stress, anxiety and depression. Our non-contact boxing sessions have proven to be effective at helping youth identify, process and manage their emotions by providing a physical release in a safe, controlled environment. Non-contact boxing sessions also teach young people important skills they can use outside of the ring, such as the importance of perseverance, discipline, self-respect and finishing strong.