~ Mindfulness * SEL School Programs ~

Student Programs // Staff Training // Consulting

San Luis Obispo County, CA and now distance-learning options for anyone, anywhere!

Distance learning can be live classes or a self-paced do-it yourself program with “Mindful Explorers” for elementary classrooms.

PS7, Sacramento ~ Dee DiGioia’s “Circles” (previous site before moving to SLO County)

Mindful Kindful YOUniversity (MK YOU) offers Mindfulness-based Social-Emotional Learning Programs for schools across San Luis Obispo County (and also virtual) to nurture social-emotional development for growing wise minds, compassionate hearts, and peaceful relationships at home, in school, and in life! Students will discover their inner resources for resilience, happiness, and well-being while learning to navigate the everyday challenges in school, and in life, which interfere with learning, relationships, and mental health and well-being.

Virtual options are also available through live lessons or a self-paced virtual program with no-prep, ready-made recorded lessons, practices, stories, and more  – see “Mindful Explorers” (geared towards elementary school-aged children / request a tour).

MK YOU programs provide a rich experience for all students and staff through learning and engaging in practices of trauma-informed 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”.  It’s the essential education for responding more skillfully to life in the 21st Century!

MK YOU program is adapted using trauma informed practices and evidence-based curriculums including Mindful Schools; MBSR-T; Yoga Calm; as well as resources such as The Zones of Regulation, GoZen for Anxiety Relief, and more. Bullying intervention can also be a facet of this program.  

Learn, practice, and grow skillfully with us!

Mindful ~ Kindful ~ Peaceful!

Learn more about What is Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning

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Currently serving Grover Heights Elementary (LMUSD); Shell Beach Elementary (LMUSD); Sinsheimer Elementary School (SLCUSD) in San Luis Obispo County, CA

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Student responses to our Shell Beach program – Fall 2019 (video above)

Invest in a trained professional!

Although many schools are showing interest in bringing mindfulness to their schools, school budgetary restraints are always a factor when considering adding programs. A common response may be to have classroom teachers be responsible for implementing and maintaining a program rather than investing in a trained and qualified professional from the start. Cutting corners to save on dollars can be setting a program up for failure because the program will likely be ineffective when there is not enough value placed on it, and in the long run, it costs the school more in dollars and time invested. If you are going to invest, go with the best ~ start your program off under the guidance of a trained and certified professional. Be creative in securing funding for your school mindfulness program (grants, donors, PTA, fundraising) ! Take a look below at problems and solutions for an effective program. READ MORE: “Effective Programs ~ No Shortcuts” and then learn more about my journey of leaving special education to train and teach mindfulness in our schools and communities. ~ About Dee DiGioia, Founder of Mindful Kindful YOUniversity 

“The inclusion of a skilled mindfulness facilitator made a huge difference on our sites. When I first arrived at St. HOPE I was not deeply familiar with the approach {of mindfulness} and so did not appreciate the impact it has on supporting a caring and safe environment for students, or how much positive difference it would make in the culture of respect and attention. I can only say that I was sufficiently impressed with Ms. DiGioia’s process and program that I not only emphatically encouraged and endorsed her efforts but have taken it to the next level by pursuing training for myself and other department staff so we can continue what she began here…” ~Dr. Karen Romito, Director of Special Education, St. HOPE, Sacramento, CA

(*The above is A segment from a letter of recommendation. This and additional letters are available upon request.)  > MORE Grateful comments


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. Choose from a variety of options as seen below which best meets your classroom/school needs. Or contact me to go over these options with you! These options are suggestions based upon already existing models in schools across our country. The possibilities are endless! 

School Program Options, Mindful Kindful YOUniversity (updated March 2021)



Option to have Film Screening of May I Be Happy: Mindfulness for the Classroom and Beyond for both staff and parents to introduce what mindfulness looks like in a school setting.


The information above is summarized in PDF Documents for your convenience: 

See Wellbeing and Mindfulness for Youth

Mindfulness offers evidence based prevention and intervention options in a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) in schools.

A Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a framework designed to address academic, behavioral, and social-emotional learning in a fully integrated system of support in schools. Here is how mindfulness fits into the three levels or tiers. MK YOU offers school program options for each of these levels (as well as community programs and personal coaching). Here is how mindfulness fits into the three levels or tiers:

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. Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence says “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.”  

>>> 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 <<<

>>> What our students are saying about Mindfulness <<<

“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, Sacramento Pilot Program (photo above)

~ Certifications, Training, and Curriculum ~

In the last decade I have received training in the following programs, and continue to pursue additional training. My program draws from a variety of research and evidence based curriculums, programs, resources, or techniques from these trainings and weaving in different modes of experiential and reflective learning offered thru literacy, movement, yoga, music, art, drama, and exploration.

Mindfulness and Meditation

  • Certified Mindfulness Educator, Mindful Schools (Certification and Mindful Schools Curriculum I utilize, in part or whole, the evidence-based curriculum which is designed to teach students foundational skills in building attention, focus, and self-regulation ~ simple, effective mindfulness practices that can be integrated into the school day and adapted for diverse environments and integrates inclusive and trauma-sensitive practices.)
  • Certified MBSR-Teens Instructor, Stressed Teens ~ Gina Biegel  (Certification and Curriculum) 
  • Certified Meditation TeacherEmerson Institute
  • Niroga Dynamic Mindfulness for Stress Resilience, Dynamic Mindfulness Foundation (Certification and Curriculum)

Yoga and Movement

  • Certified Restorative Yoga Teacher, Brooke West
  • Certified Youth Yoga Instructor, Yoga Calm (I chose this program because of its emphasis on social-emotional learning and application for integrating in the school day.)
        • Curriculum
  • Certified Autism Movement Therapist, Joanne Laura

Psychology and Life Coaching 

Trauma ~

Misc ~ 

  • Nature Connectedness: A New Relationship with Nature, University of Derby
  • Mental Health First Aid, The National Council via San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health
  • Therapeutic Art Life Coach, Transformation Academy
  • Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) 
  • 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! I continue to read books, attend workshops, conferences, and retreats to continue my education. I consider this learning a life-long pursuit both personally and professionally.

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.
Customize for Your Classroom: Emphasis can be customized to address your classroom/school greatest challenges or needs.


“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

“Having language to talk about mindfulness has been truly incredible. There is such a need for students to be able to self-regulate and this program gave them a taste of what that looks like! Thank you for everything! Room three loves our finger taps and zones of regulation!” -Amber Weber, Shell Beach Elementary

“I loved Class 1 (on what is mindfulness, stillness, mindful body awareness) because it’s so obvious my kids NEED this. I loved Class 3 (on the Zones and Emotions) because I see the great need for kids to have a vocabulary to express and ID their emotions. I loved all the tools they can add to their SEL bag of tricks. I feel teaching all of this to kids is invaluable, as in if we in school don’t teach it (the language, the strategies, etc.) how many kids will have poor coping skills in an anxiety ridden world? THANK YOU for all your time and passion invested into making this happen- so hopeful PTO keeps it going!” ~ CL, Shell Beach Elementary

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Dee DiGioia (di JOY uh) ~ Certified Mindfulness,Yoga Calm, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Life Skills Coach, Consultant, published author and Founder of Mindful Kindful YOUniversity (MK YOU). MK YOU offers online programs, community programs, in-school programs, consulting, professional development, personal coaching, and mini-retreats across San Luis Obispo County and virtually.

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