~ Mindfulness for Schools ~

YOUth Enrichment Programs and/or Consulting

PS7, Sacramento ~ Dee DiGioia “Circles”

Mindful Kindful YOUniversity offers classroom and school-wide Mindfulness Enrichment Programs 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!

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!

WHAT?

Choose from a variety of options which best meets your needs:

  • Classroom or school-wide programs K-12 ~ Pilot classrooms/schools wanted!
    • Options range from 10 weeks to full year or from one time classroom visits to consulting.
  • After school programs
  • Host an event for the annual “The HEART of Mindfulness for Youth Week” coming November 2018!

Professional Development and Consulting is also available as part of the classroom & school-wide program

MK YOU Program: 
Research-based Mindfulness and Movement: Evidence based Mindful Schools Curriculum (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. Different modes of experiential and reflective learning are offered thru literacy, movement, yoga, music, art, drama, and exploration.
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.
Customize for Your Classroom: Contributes to a safe and supportive school community. Emphasis can be customized to address your classroom/school greatest challenges or needs, including bullying prevention. I am a published author and bullying prevention specialist (founder of “Caring and Courageous Kids”). My training includes “trauma informed” practices.

WHERE? 

San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara 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 Northern CA before moving to the Central Coast of California.

Professional Development and Consulting is also available as a stand-alone both in and out of the area. See Adult Testimonials.

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

WHO?

For YOUth: 

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Charter School
  • Alternative Education
  • Special Education
  • Also for YOUth Programs (Scouts, Sports, After School, etc)

MK YOU also offers community programs and personal coaching.

For Adults: 

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! 

Be sure to check out all the Resources supporting “Why Mindfulness in Education”!!!

“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? <<<

>>> All of our Youth Programs <<<

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

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

Served youth for 30+ years, including those with social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and communication challenges in my roles as a Speech-Language Therapist, Autism Movement Therapist, Preschool Director, Bullying Intervention Specialist, Author, and more. Founded “Caring and Courageous Kids” in 2009 (bullying intervention), and founded “Mindful Kindful YOUniversity” in 2017. Pioneered a mindfulness program for K-5 classrooms at an inner city charter school in Sacramento, CA, and am developing youth and adult programs where I now live on the Central Coast of CA. Made a decision to follow my own advice for well-being by leaving the stresses and challenges of working in special education in the public school setting. Following my heart and calling to share mindfulness and well-being programs to address the challenges youth (and adults) face in school and in life, which interfere with learning, relationships, and mental well-being. I believe mindfulness is the missing piece (and peace) in education and am bringing my vision to fruition! I am grateful to have the experiences and resources to share the wisdom, science, and evidence-based practices of mindfulness and more, which have proven over and over to lead to greater resilience, more joy, and peace in life.

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


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