~ Mindfulness for Schools ~

YOUth Enrichment Programs and/or Consulting

PS7, Sacramento ~ Dee DiGioia’s “Circles”

MK YOU offers a Mindfulness-based Social-Emotional Learning Enrichment Program for your classroom or school, grades Pre-k thru 12, across San Luis Obispo County, designed to address the challenges youth, and educators, face in school, and in life, which interfere with learning, relationships, and mental well-being. 

The program provides a rich experience for all students and staff 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!

I have specialized in mindfulness and social emotional learning for many years. I am certified and qualified to teach mindfulness and continue to train regularly! In an increasingly disconnected world, I also believe the in-person experience is vital to learning mindfulness, especially for youth (as opposed to learning it from an app or videos). I can engage the students in conversations, answer questions, and in real time address any challenges which may arise during a practice or activity. Learn more about Dee DiGioia

Mindful ~ Kindful Skillful

“I can’t tell you how much my students benefited from the Mindfulness sessions Dee DiGioia would do with them. Many of our students had difficulties channeling emotions due to various reasons, but through their learning of how to be mindful they were able to figure out alternative ways to handle stressful situations. It’s truly a testament to the program, and to Ms. DiGioia, when students can utilize the Mindfulness strategies on their own inside and outside the classroom.” ~Michelle Castelli, 2nd Grade teacher, PS7

SEE WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT MINDFULNESS!

SCHOOL PROGRAM OPTIONS at a glance

Mindful Kindful YOUniversity offers a range of options for a program which can be customized to meet your school’s needs and designed to address the challenges youth, and educators, face in school, and in life, which interfere with learning/work, relationships, and mental well-being. These options are suggestions based upon already existing models in schools across our country. The possibilities are endless!

CLASSROOM OR SCHOOL-WIDE STUDENT PROGRAM OPTIONS

Classroom OR School-wide Programs:

  • Pre-school
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Charter School
  • Alternative Education
  • Home School
Duration of a program:

    • School calendar year – Approx 30 weeks
    • 10 weeks – after 10 weeks is completed, there is an option to continue/rotate to a new set of classes on school  site or another school site
    • Or custom
Length of a class:

From greatest impact to least impact

  • 60 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • Or custom
Frequency of a class:

  • Weekly
  • 2x a month
  • Monthly
  • Quarterly
  • One time visit

AFTER SCHOOL and/or SUMMER STUDENT PROGRAM OPTIONS

Opt for an after-school and/or summer program as a “stand-alone” option or in conjunction with an “in-school” program. This program could be sponsored by the school/district or fee-based for participants.

  • Dragonfly Circles (grades k-3 and 4-6 // or custom)
  • The Mindful TEEN Program (grades 7-9 and 10-12 // or custom)
  • Referral – based program for youth with social, emotional, or behavioral challenges
  • Mindful Leadership or other custom program

STAFF PROGRAM OPTIONS

Staff Programs INCLUDED with a Student Program:

When a student program is selected, the following options are offered to staff and/or parents:

Professional Development Workshops: “Introduction to Mindfulness” (and description of the school program to be implemented). Additional ongoing staff training PD’s are recommended.

Film Screening: May I Be Happy: Mindfulness for the Classroom and Beyond for both staff and parents. Also appropriate for middle and high school students.

Staff Communication: staff will receive weekly email summary of lessons, suggestions to integrate in school day for continuity to contribute to a mindful school culture.

Staff Program stand-alone options:

Consulting: Consulting and mentoring an existing or upcoming program; program planning & maintenance; special project development, etc.

Professional & Personal Development Workshops: topics including Stress-Reduction, Well-being and Self-care, and Mindfulness:

    • One time, a few times, a series
    • If a series > Once a week, once a month, once quarterly or annually
    • One hour, a few hours, half day, full day, multi-day

Film Screening: May I Be Happy: Mindfulness for the Classroom and Beyond for both staff and parents. Also appropriate for middle and high school students.

Be a Host Site for Adult Education on Mindfulness: be a host site to offer weekly, monthly, occasional workshops or classes on mindfulness and well-being for staff, for parents, for the community, as well as for youth programs.

Here are the documents I share with administration: 

“An effective intervention is one thing…implementation of an effective intervention is a very different thing.” (~Mark Greenberg, Founding Director, Prevention Research Center Penn State University) Although many schools are beginning to have classroom teachers implement mindfulness, not all are fully trained in teaching it, and may not even be practicing and embodying it themselves. As an example, just because a classroom teacher loves listening to music does not make one a good music teacher and yet teachers are often asked to teach mindfulness! I have specialized and trained specifically in social emotional learning and mindfulness for well over 10 years now and have worked with children for nearly 30 years. I immerse myself in the topic and train on a daily basis and can bring my expertise, experience, and passion to support the well-being of your school and community.

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We have two Mindful Teen Programs (MBSR-T) currently being offered at

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

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HOST OR SPONSOR A PROGRAM

IN YOUR SCHOOL, CONTACT DEE DIGIOIA

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Folsom, CA, Circles of Compassion class practicing a guided meditation ~Dee DiGioia

Mindful Kindful YOUniversity Program: 
Research-based Mindfulness and Movement: Evidence based curriculum from Mindful Schools (designed for under-resourced public schools facing high turnover rates and toxic stress: simple, effective mindfulness practices that can be integrated into the school day and adapted for diverse environments) with a variety of other effective resources, programs, curriculums, techniques that I have been trained in over the years. Also evidence based curriculum from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens. Different modes of experiential and reflective learning are offered thru literacy, movement, yoga, music, art, drama, and exploration. I am certified and trained by both of these aforementioned companies. I am also certified as a Yoga Calm Youth Instructor – I chose this program because of its emphasis on social-emotional learning and application for integrating in the school day; and Autism Movement Therapist. MK YOU also weaves in programs such as The Zones of Regulation, GoZen for Anxiety Relief, and more.
 I am a lifelong learner and am continuing my education to deepen my knowledge and skills including my recent and/or current coursework including: Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working with Youth and Advanced Trauma-Informed Care Toolkit for Youth Workers (Center for Adolescent Studies) and Niroga Dynamic Mindfulness for Stress Resilience (Dynamic Mindfulness Foundation). I also do continuing education and trainings through Mindful School’s ongoing support for its certified graduates while also attending conferences and reading books.
Integrate into the busy school day: The practices are designed to be integrated into the school day, and across environments.  Staff will learn a common language and have “tools” at their disposal, creating the optimal conditions for both learning and teaching!  Mindfulness can be linked to common core standards.
Healthy Habits: Each student will commit to weekly intentions to practice the healthy habits to become leaders who help will make the world a better place, beginning with their world within their own bodies and rippling to their relationships at school, at home, and in their communities.
Nonviolence and peaceful empowerment is an essential piece in MK YOU. MK YOU contributes to a safe and supportive school community. I specialized in Bullying Intervention for many years before founding Mindful Kindful YOUniversity and am a published author and bullying prevention specialist (founder of “Caring and Courageous Kids”). I initiated programs in the schools where I worked at the time such as “Peace Project”, produced a children’s educational movie on bullying intervention and published a guidebook to the movie. Past training has also included: Darkness to Light ~ Stewards of Children to prevent Child Sexual Abuse; Kidpower to empower and protect children to from bullying, harassment, sexual abuse, abduction, assault, and other violence; Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS); Crisis Intervention (CPI), and more.  My training includes “trauma informed” practices.
Customize for Your Classroom: Emphasis can be customized to address your classroom/school greatest challenges or needs.

Mindfulness provides a foundation for education because it contributes to optimal conditions for learning and for teaching. Many of our children in school are not in the state of mind to absorb learning because they are in a chronic state of stress. Learn more > Wellbeing and Mindfulness for YOUth

WHERE? 

San Luis Obispo County

I have worked with large groups and individuals for 30+ years serving youth with social, emotional, behavioral, and communication challenges, and have pioneered mindfulness programs in schools in the Eastern Sierras and in Northern CA before moving to the Central Coast of California.

PS7, Sacramento Pilot Program ~ Dee DiGioia “Circles” practicing stillness + breathing

WHY?

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;
  • self-awareness;
  • distraction, impulse control, difficulty focusing;
  • bullying and social issues;
  • difficult emotions — anger, anxiety, depression, etc.

MK YOU equips and teaches students HOW to cultivate the inner resources, or “superpowers” for reducing stress and experiencing more balance, resilience, over-all well-being. These positive experiences will transform, not only inner peace and happiness, but also social dynamics at school, at home, and in the community! These are skills for life!  

Learn more about my journey of leaving special education to teach mindfulness… About Dee DiGioia

“The neural pathways in the brain that deal with stress are the same ones that are used for learning. Schools are realizing that they have to help kids understand their feelings and manage them effectively. We, as a country, want our kids to achieve more academically, but we can’t do this if our kids aren’t emotionally healthy.”  ~Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

We hope that our children’s stress levels will fall and physical awareness will rise but how often do we teach them how to create these changes? We hope that our children’s will be able to pay attention and tune out distractions but how often do we teach them how to do this?* We hope that our children’s will be happy and able to regulate difficult emotions but how often do we teach them how to achieve this state of being? We hope that our children’s will be kind and refrain from judging others but how often do we teach them how to achieve this state of being?*

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MORE FROM MINDFUL KINDFUL YOUNIVERSITY:

>>> What is Mindfulness? <<<

>>> Wellbeing & Mindfulness for Youth <<<

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

>>> Research and Benefits <<< 

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

>>> Well-Being and Mindfulness for Educators <<<

>>> Well-Being and Mindfulness for Parents <<<

>>> Mindful Kindful Communities <<<

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“It was such a pleasure working with you Dee! You are a fabulous human being and the work you did with our kids in “Circles” was so so transformative! Keep up being sunshine, this place really needs you!” 

~Emma Shandy, 1st grade teacher at PS7

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Choose from a variety of options

which best meets your classroom/school needs.

I can go over these options with you!

CONTACT DEE DIGIOIA TO LEARN MORE!

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Dee DiGioia

Dee DiGioia (di JOY uh) is a Certified Mindfulness, Yoga, & Life Skills Coach, Consultant, and published author. 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 across San Luis Obispo County. Learn more about Dee.

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


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