~ Mindfulness for Schools ~
YOUth Enrichment Programs and/or Consulting
MK YOU offers a Mindfulness-based Social-Emotional Learning Enrichment Program for your classroom or school, grades Pre-k thru 12, 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
Mindfulness Based Social Emotional Program for grades Pre-K thru 12. Choose from a variety of options which best meets your needs:
- CLASSROOM OR SCHOOL-WIDE PROGRAM ~ be a pilot program! Together we can create a program that is a fit for your classroom/school whether it’s a one time visit, monthly, weekly for a duration of 8 weeks to full year – the possibilities are endless.
- AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM for K-12
- CONSULTING ~ Let me guide you in implementing and integrating mindfulness in your classroom/school.
- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ~ This is offered as a piece of the classroom & school-wide program, as well as a stand-alone option (to support the well-being of staff). Will travel out of the area.
Here are the documents I share with administration:
- Why Mindfulness + SEL is Essential in Your School
- Range of School Options
- Effective Programs ~ No Shortcuts
- About Mindful Kindful YOUniversity
“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.
Folsom, CA, Circles of Compassion class practicing a guided meditation ~Dee DiGioia
Additional School Options:
- Host a Film Screening of May I Be Happy: Mindfulness for the Classroom and Beyond
- Host a Workshop for your staff, parents, or students.
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. Different modes of experiential and reflective learning are offered thru literacy, movement, yoga, music, art, drama, and exploration. 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.
I am a lifelong learner and am continuing my education to deepen my knowledge and skills including my recent and/or current coursework including: MBSR-Teens (pending – currently undergoing certification training to be completed January 2019); 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. I specialized in Bullying Intervention for many years before founding Mindful Kindful YOUniversity and 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.
Customize for Your Classroom: MK YOU contributes to a safe and supportive school community. Emphasis can be customized to address your classroom/school greatest challenges or needs, including bullying intervention. I am a published author and bullying prevention specialist (founder of “Caring and Courageous Kids”). My training includes “trauma informed” practices.
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
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.
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
- Charter School
- Alternative Education
- Special Education
- After School/Community YOUth Programs including:
- Dragonfly Circles (ages 7-11);
- YOUnique Fitness for special needs;
- The Mindful Teen Program (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)
- Professional Development for School Staff ~ also see Well-Being and Mindfulness for Educators
- Parent/Community Training ~ be a host site for parent or community mindfulness training either as formal workshops for parents from your school or open to staff/parents/community as informal meetups ~ also see Well-Being and Mindfulness for Parents and Mindful Kindful Communities
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;
- 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?*
MORE FROM MINDFUL KINDFUL YOUNIVERSITY:
>>> What is Mindfulness? <<<
>>> Research and Benefits <<<
“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
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!
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.