The Mindful TEEN Program:

Superpowers for the 21st Century: Mindful Kindful Peaceful

Do you have a teen who is…

Stressed? Anxious? Overwhelmed?

Distracted? Unfocused?

Struggling with difficult emotions or other pressures of teen life?

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens are Life Skills for the 21st Century!


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The Mindful Teen Program is currently being offered at

Atascadero Choices in Education Academy (ACE) for middle and high school level.




About The Mindful Teen Program

A personal video message (above) to teens from Dee

According to the World Health Organization, stress/anxiety is the health epidemic of the 21st century and teens are under more pressure and experiencing higher levels of stress than ever before whether from academic pressures, sensory overload, electronic devices, cyberbullying, and so much more. Stress can often show up as irritability, anxiety, and depression. The good news is that mindfulness and social-emotional learning programs can be a life-line. Dr. Daniel Siegel, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute says that “Research has proven that mindfulness training integrates the brain and strengthens the important executive functions that support emotional and social intelligence as well as academic success. Offering mindfulness (training) for teens is a natural way to set them on the right course not only now, but for the rest of their lives!”

JOIN THE MINDFUL TEEN PROGRAM: Teens will learn and practice how to cultivate the inner resources, or “superpowers” for reducing stress and experiencing more balance, resilience, and overall mental health and well-being to support them in school, at home, and in life. (See objectives below.) This course is based upon the evidence based program “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens”.  This program has been modeled and adapted from the world renowned Jon Kabat-Zinn’s adult MBSR program and is life changing for teens.

This program is not a “drop-in” style program. Each class builds upon the other, with the first class being the foundation for all other classes, and “on your own” practices to complete in between classes. Please have your teen plan to commit to all classes (the length depends on the venue, it may range from 4 two hour classes to 8 or 10 one hour classes).

In an increasingly disconnected world, our in-class group experience helps teens know they are not alone in their struggles, while offering gentle support and opportunities to address personal challenges and questions. Give your teen the edge for responding more skillfully to life in the 21st Century! These are skills for life! Mindful * Kindful * Peaceful

The science and research is confirming

the powerful and transformational benefits of mindfulness and social-emotional learning for teens!

>>> Learn more Benefits and Research on Mindfulness  <<<

The following objectives will be demonstrated via group-discussions and/or via journaling:

  • Student will understand and describe the science of stress; and identify/notice/describe stress in self.
  • Student will describe how to use the 5Ws to develop a mindfulness practice.
  • Student will describe an experience of deepening present-moment awareness in daily living.
  • Student will describe how to cultivate self-care and awareness of positive experiences.
  • Student will describe an experience of responding to a stressful situation rather than reacting.
  • Student will practice and describe an experience of positively coping and using mindfulness to get through difficult thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.
  • Student will describe how mindfulness has helped to build mindful relationships with self and with others.
  • Student will set intentions on how to integrate mindfulness into all aspects of life moving forward (after course completion).

What college students wish their parents had taught them:

Source: Amy Morin, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

Parents, teachers, and coaches dedicate their days to preparing kids for the challenges of life after high school. They devote countless hours to ensuring kids can score high and perform well in today’s cutting-edge world.

But there’s one set of valuable skills adults aren’t teaching kids—emotional skills. And perhaps those are the most important skills of all, because no matter how smart or athletic a child is, that child will never succeed without mental strength.

A 2015 nationwide survey of 1,502 college students revealed that 60 percent wished they had gotten more help with emotional preparation for college.

Emotional preparedness includes the ability to:

  • Take care of oneself;
  • Adapt to new environments;
  • Control negative emotions or behavior; and
  • Build positive relationships.

The students also revealed they felt too much emphasis was placed on academic preparation for college. Despite all of the effort that went into ensuring they had appealing transcripts, their lack of emotional skills impaired their academic achievement.

If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations. 
If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities. 
If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors. 
If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home. 
If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.
~Lao Tzu 


The video (above) is representative of the challenges of being a teen and giving teens the resources to approach life in a whole new way!
The video (above) is one of my favorite Ted Talks: “Why aren’t we teaching you mindfulness?” It asks some great questions and what she speaks to addresses exactly why I believe mindfulness should be taught in every classroom and flourish in programs across our communities.

The video (above), “Into Light”, features four teens who successfully use mindfulness to help battle depression.

Who can you tell about this course?


>>> What is Mindfulness? <<<

>>> Wellbeing & Mindfulness for Youth <<<

>>> Mindfulness Skills for the 21st Century <<<

>>> Research and Benefits <<< 

>>> Resources: Why Mindfulness in Education? <<<

>>> Youth Programs <<<



Dee DiGioia (di JOY uh) ~ Certified Mindfulness & Well-Being Life Skills Coach

After working with youth for over 35 years, Dee founded Mindful Kindful YOUniversity to offer Mindfulness-based Social-Emotional Learning Enrichment Programs intentionally designed to address the challenges youth face in school, and in life, which interfere with learning, relationships, and mental well-being. MK YOU programs provide a rich experience through learning and engaging in practices of mindfulness and movement grounded in science and backed by research  to support mental and physical health and well-being while developing the essential life skills of emotional intelligence, or “Sm’Heart skills” – the essential education for responding more skillfully to life in the 21st Century! Having worked in the public school setting over the years, Dee believes mindfulness is the missing piece/peace in education. MK YOU offers community programs, in-school programs, consulting, professional development, personal coaching, and mini-retreats throughout San Luis Obispo County. Learn more About Dee.

Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or inquiries!

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