The Heart of Mindfulness for Youth Week
In 2017 I launched a global campaign initiative and invited mindfulness educators from around the world to celebrate the first annual “The HEART of Mindfulness for Youth Week”. In 2018 we will celebrate around the globe and locally, on the Central Coast of California, the week of November 3-9.
“The HEART of Mindfulness for Youth Week” is an international collaboration of mindfulness educators to raise awareness on the benefits of mindfulness programs in schools and youth groups in our local communities.
Although it is an international event, each local chapter will plan their own ways of celebrating in their schools and communities annually. Those who will be leading these events have their hearts burning with passion for sharing mindfulness with others. We are teachers, school psychologists, counselors, mental health professionals, school administrators, mothers, fathers, friends, yoga instructors, music/art teachers, and more ~~ we are one collective heartbeat of folks who are training or have been trained and certified in teaching mindfulness specific to education and youth. Our goal is to raise awareness on how evidence-based practices of mindfulness are an essential component in education and in our lives.
More info coming soon on how we will be celebrating in San Luis Obispo County 2018!!! If you would like to help me organize for this week-long event, or participate in our event, in San Luis Obispo/Northern Santa Barbara Counties in 2018, please contact me!!!
MINDFULNESS EDUCATORS AROUND THE WORLD: If you are a mindfulness teacher or will be participating in leading activities for “The HEART of Mindfulness for Youth Week 2018” be sure to join our FB group to share ideas and suggestions for making your event successful! Last year we had folks celebrating around our country as well as in Australia and Dubai! IN my own efforts to launch mindfulness programs on the Central Coast of California after leaving my role in special education, I made a decision to launch this global campaign initiative to have the support of like-minded mindfulness educators around the world (whom I have met via my training/certification through Mindful Schools) to help with the planning stages and sharing of ideas.
Here is something I wrote up following my first annual “The Heart of Mindfulness for Youth Week 2017”:
Mindful Kindful YOUniversity was founded to address the challenges youth face in school and in life, which interfere with learning, relationships, and mental well-being, such as:
- stress, overwhelm;
- distraction, impulse control, difficulty focusing;
- bullying and social issues;
- and difficult emotions — anger, anxiety, depression, etc.
MK YOU equips and teaches children, teens, and adults HOW to cultivate the inner resources, or “superpowers” for reducing stress and experiencing more balance, resilience, and over-all well-being by integrating evidence-based strategies and practices of mindfulness, movement & yoga, and social emotional learning to develop the essential life skills of emotional intelligence, or “Sm’Heart skills” — the essential education for responding more skillfully to life in the 21st Century!
These positive experiences will transform, not only inner peace and happiness, but also our social dynamics at school, at home, at work, and in the community! These are skills for life!
“Sm’Heart Skills”: your inner resources for resilience and well-being!