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Mindful Kindful YOUniversity Youth Programs and Services

1. Classroom and school-wide MK YOUth Programs

  • YOUnique Enrichment Program for group/classroom instruction integrating evidence-based strategies and practices of secular mindfulness, movement (yoga), and social emotional learning to develop the essential life skills of emotional intelligence. Think/be sm’heart.
  • All grades Kinder thru High School. Also for YOUth Programs (Scouts, Sports, After School, etc)
  • San Luis Obispo County or Northern Santa Barbara County ~ let’s get this in your school!

Mindfulness provides a foundation for education because it contributes to optimal conditions for learning and 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.

At Mindful Kindful YOUniversity (MK YOU) our mission is to cultivate the healthy…

  • life skills & habits,
  • attitudes,
  • behaviors,
  • relationships,
  • and resilience

…for social-emotional well-being and success throughout all stages of life in school, at home, and in our communities. In so doing we are empowering children with the core competencies and essential life skills and habits necessary to achieve this.

With practice, mindfulness can help children to become aware of the present moment, both positive and negative, by observing rather than reacting in an automatic or habitual way — observing:

  • thoughts,
  • feelings,
  • physical sensations,
  • words spoken or to be spoken,
  • actions,
  • and the environment.

When children learn to pause, connecting heart and mind, they respond more thoughtfully, creatively, responsibly, and compassionately. They learn that experiences don’t have to overwhelm them and they can learn to remain calm and centered through life’s ups and downs, beginning at home and in school. Consequently their emotional intelligence is growing up with them, leading to improved self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. We call these “Sm’Heart” skills (pronounced “smart”) ~ our daily practices connecting the mind and heart with every thought, word, and action.

In traditional educational settings, the emotional intelligence life skills including cultivating wisdom and compassion for self and others are not formally taught, yet these are the essential skills to handle life’s pressures, stresses, and challenges that arise throughout the day and across the years. These life skills essentially provide the foundation for all other learning to take place.

“It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head — it is the unique intersection of both.” ~David Caruso

Mindful Kindful YOUniversity educates the whole child and provides the emotional intelligence life skills to help them flourish socially & emotionally, which will develop the foundation to succeed academically.

The program is a blend of

  • neuroscience,
  • social emotional learning,
  • and evidence based strategies and practices of mindfulness which have worked successfully with hundreds of students.

The neuroscience helps youth understand how the mind works and reacts to challenges that arise throughout the day. Of course, we also have to consider how outside influences add layers of complexities to the mix, such as having special needs & disabilities, trauma, poverty, divorce, abuse, etc. Our schools simply do not have enough resources to effectively address all the ranges of needs, however any program such as this can help tremendously.

In every day challenges which arise at home and in school, children can draw upon the reservoirs of strength and calm, using the tools and resources they have practiced in our mindfulness program to get through with confidence. The more our children/students practice healthy ways of responding to life in times of calm, the more prepared and available they are to take in higher learning!

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 translating to their relationships at school, at home, and in their communities.

MK YOU offers mindfulness programs for youth in school classrooms/home programs/youth programs, from kindergarten through 12th grade, using evidence-based practices and developmentally appropriate language for explaining key mindfulness concepts and practices, including: 

  • Mindfulness curriculums including the evidence-based curriculum from Mindful Schools which is 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; 
  • Integrating a variety of other programs/resources to contribute to social-emotional learning & emotional intelligence such as “The Zones of Regulation”;
  • Different modes of learning may be integrated thru
    • literacy,
    • movement,
    • yoga,
    • music,
    • art,
    • and student projects;
  • My training includes “trauma informed” practices;

In one generation we can begin to transform families and communities to living more mindfully, kindfully, and skillfully. 

“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

PILOT CLASSROOMS or SCHOOLS WANTED for 2017-2018: Elementary, Middle, High School. Contact Dee DiGioia to get started or for more information.


2. Individual/small group MK YOUth Program: Go to DRAGONFLY ACADEMY 

YOUnique Enrichment Program for individual, personalized instruction integrating evidence-based strategies and practices of secular mindfulness, movement (yoga), and social emotional learning to develop the essential life skills of emotional intelligence. Think/be sm’heart.  All ages.  Los Osos, CA. 





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This mindfulness video project is something I did at my former school (PS7 in Sacramento, CA). Some of the 5th grade students helped create me this for the purpose of teaching the rest of the school (Kinder- 5th grade) how to use mindfulness and deep breaths to help them calm themselves when feeling upset, frustrated, or stressed out for any number of reasons (including bullying). We are using simple movements and sign language to help teach the message and inspire the students to sing and sign along during our mindfulness classes called “Circles”!! It was a big hit at our school!
Learn more: About Dee DiGioia, Certified Mindfulness Educator