Teen YOUniversity

Teen YOUniversity

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (Middle – High School)

Community Enrichment Classes, Workshops, Camps

~ San Luis Obispo County, CA ~

“I wanted to say thank you for a great class today. It was definitely my favorite so far… so many things I didn’t notice before and, with the lessons learned today, I will strive to improve my character. I especially loved the video about perspective and appreciating everyone around us, as well as things that we often take for granted, like the skies or plants, etc. Really makes you think. I’m so glad to have taken this class, because it’s making me see things so differently than before: it’s wonderful! So thanks for that… Look forward to seeing you next session!” ~Your mindful student, CM Spring 2019 Mindful Teen participant ~ high school (photo – Pixabay)

The word university is derived from the Latin word universus, meaning “whole, entire.” Teen YOUniversity is the study of YOU and your whole-being: your thoughts, feelings, attitudes, behaviors, relationships, and how you can respond to life moment to moment in a healthy, balanced, and positive way to support you in school, at home, and in life. Mindful, Kindful, Peaceful. 

“Teen YOUniversity” offers mindful workshops, classes, and camps in various community locations across San Luis Obispo County, CA for teens/tweens. We learn, explore, and practice the inner and outer “resources” for self-empowerment, self-awareness, and self-calming your mind and body for happiness, health and well-being

“Are you wondering if you should attend? “Take it! We as teenanagers are experiencing too much stress at such a young age. Learning these skills young can help you navigate through tougher times in the future. I think it should be required that students are educated in emotional aspects, not only academics. We should be knowledgeable of life skills such as mindfulness! I thought it was a beautiful program and I will never forget the skills I’ve developed as a habit through this course. It’s helped me significantly in school and soccer.” ~Spring 2019 Mindful Teen participant ~ high school (photo – Pixabay)

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DATES CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR CALENDAR. Dates and locations subject to change. Advance registration is required.

There are none scheduled at this time!

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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HOSTING “TEEN YOUNIVERSITY” WORKSHOPS,  CONTACT DEE DIGIOIA. I invite you to consider how we can collaborate and work together to bring the vision of mental health and well-being to your teens in our communities. Mindful Kindful YOUniversity offers mindful, kindful, peaceful community programs for the well-being of individuals and the community as a whole, for anyone living in or visiting our community. Join, host, or sponsor a class or workshop in your community facility, workplace, school, or home in San Luis Obispo County, or make a suggestion! If you gather a group we can figure out a location together.

“I appreciate Ms Dee for being nice and teaching. I learned many tools like breathing, eliminating negative thoughts, and the STOP method. Take it! The course helps relieve stress and makes you grow more sure about yourself! This program raises self-esteem and eliminates stress.” ~Spring 2019 Mindful Teen participant ~ middle school  (Photo of my son – not of student ~Dee DiGioia)


About Teen YOUniversity

Teens: Are you struggling with the pressures of teen life? Stressed? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Distracted? Unfocused? Social Challenges? Social anxiety? Feel different? Get the edge for responding more skillfully to life in the 21st Century!

In an increasingly disconnected world, our in-person group experience helps teens know they are not alone in their struggles with the pressures of life as a teen, while offering gentle support and opportunities to address personal challenges and questions, reduce stress, improve focus and attention, and feel more positive. Learn the science and psychology of stress and emotions and how to feel more in control in a positive environment. These positive experiences will transform, not only inner peace and happiness, but also social dynamics at school, at home, and in the community!

Come curious! Leave empowered! Live happy!

Mindful Arts, Movement, and more:  Learn the science and psychology of stress and emotions and discover your inner resources for feeling more in control for reducing stress and discover how to positively impact your relationships and challenges in daily life at home and school with skill and confidence! Explore your inner world of thoughts, emotions and attitudes through:

Calming & relaxation practices * Mindful awareness training * Movement * Journaling * Art * Games * and more!

These are skills for life! Mindful * Kindful * Peaceful!

“I think the most useful thing I learned was to take some breaths when in hard times or stress. I really liked [this class] even though I didn’t want to come at first but then I thought ‘well this is going to be a safe place’. I think this class would be beneficial in schools because some people can’t control their stress or anger and they need to get taught how to do that. I feel this class is very strong and can help people in the future.” ~Spring 2019 Mindful Teen participant ~ middle school ~ NOTE- this student made huge strides in overcoming anxiety in even attending this class.

According to the World Health Organization, stress/anxiety is the health epidemic of the 21st century and teens are under more pressure and experiencing higher levels of stress than ever before…

…whether from academic pressures, sensory overload, social media, cyberbullying, the pandemic, and so much more. Stress can often show up as irritability, anxiety, and depression. The good news is that mindfulness and social-emotional learning programs can be a life-line. Dr. Daniel Siegel, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute says that “Research has proven that mindfulness training integrates the brain and strengthens the important executive functions that support emotional and social intelligence as well as academic success. Offering mindfulness (training) for teens is a natural way to set them on the right course not only now, but for the rest of their lives!”

See: Mindfulness Skills for the 21st Century


Our programs are ideal for teens who may have social anxiety and have difficulty entering an unfamiliar environment, as well as teens who…

…may be “highly sensitive”, “shy”, anxious, easily overwhelmed, and/or tentative or reluctant to speak up in a group setting.  I’m excited to help your teen find the tools to bloom in peace and confidence and feel more freedom in daily living! These groups are designed to intentionally create a space where your teen feels safe to discover his/her inner superpowers and the courage to try them out!  The classes have the potential to provide new life-skills for teens with the above traits, but these are often the ones who will resist and come up with reasons for not going! Parents often submit thinking they are doing well to not “push” their teen into something uncomfortable, however, avoidance only increases anxiety!! The key to overcoming avoidance behaviors is to continue to slowly face what is being avoided, with assistance from a supportive adult (me!), until it no longer has such a negative hold on your teen. We’ll gently create some new positive memories in a small, welcoming, and positive group environment!  I teach the skills I wish I learned while growing up with anxiety! Here is an excellent article: Anxiety in Kids and Teens: Why Anxiety Triggers Often Don’t Make Sense – And How to Turn Avoidance into Brave Behaviour. Feel free to contact me if you have questions or need help with this.

*Personal Coaching is a great alternative when the times or locations of our community classes or workshops do not work for you, or when a more individualized approach may be beneficial to address a teen’s specific areas of challenge, including, but not limited to anxiety, stress, anger, impulsive tendencies, and social challenges. If needed, we can do some Personal Coaching prior to, or in conjunction with, attending Teen YOUniversity.


“Mindful walking was the most impactful to me. It’s helped me significantly  in realizing the natural beauty  around me that I don’t always acknowledge as much as I should. I now feel more able to tackle stressful days, anxiety attacks, and sadness. I liked the [OYOPS- On Your Own Practices] and I bought a gratitude journal and tried my best to write in it regularly. Thank you so much. ~Spring 2019 Mindful Teen participant ~ high school (photo – Pixabay)

The science and research is confirming the powerful and transformational benefits of mindfulness and social-emotional learning for teens!

Research has demonstrated over and over that those who practice these skills will benefit! These are the core competencies of social-emotional intelligence, and the major predictors of overall well-being, success, and happiness in life. >>> Learn more: Benefits and Research on Mindfulness  <<<

“Even if you don’t think you need or would necessarily like this class, you should still try it. I’d highly recommend it because mindfulness class [helps] us to set aside time that we otherwise might not take to take care of our minds.” ~Spring 2019 Mindful Teen participant ~ high school (Photo by Dee DiGioia – student doing mindful art in one of our classes)

What college students wish their parents had taught them:

Source: Amy Morin, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201708/the-1-skill-college-students-wish-their-parents

Parents, teachers, and coaches dedicate their days to preparing kids for the challenges of life after high school. They devote countless hours to ensuring kids can score high and perform well in today’s cutting-edge world.

But there’s one set of valuable skills adults aren’t teaching kids—emotional skills. And perhaps those are the most important skills of all, because no matter how smart or athletic a child is, that child will never succeed without mental strength.

A 2015 nationwide survey of 1,502 college students revealed that 60 percent wished they had gotten more help with emotional preparation for college.

Emotional preparedness includes the ability to:

  • Take care of oneself;
  • Adapt to new environments;
  • Control negative emotions or behavior; and
  • Build positive relationships.

The students also revealed they felt too much emphasis was placed on academic preparation for college. Despite all of the effort that went into ensuring they had appealing transcripts, their lack of emotional skills impaired their academic achievement.

A personal video message (above) to teens from Dee

Well-being is a skill and all skills require practice! 

Your well-being is the most important education you will ever receive!

Learn, practice, and grow skillfully with us! 

“I think this class is beneficial for everyone because it teaches real things that you can actually use in life.” ~Spring 2019 Mindful Teen participant ~ middle school (Photo – Pixabay)

Everyone is welcome!

Photo by Dee DiGioia from one of our teen classes

We create a safe, supportive, and accepting “community” within our classroom to help each student feel confident to try new things, while discovering their inner “superpowers”!

I am committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all participants and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, or sexual orientation. I am committed to the practice of Nonviolent communication and will not tolerate bullying, harassment, or violent communication or actions. Participants will also agree to commit to these terms and practices.



The video (above) is representative of the challenges of being a teen and giving teens the resources to approach life in a whole new way!
The video (above) is one of my favorite Ted Talks: “Why aren’t we teaching you mindfulness?” It asks some great questions and what she speaks to addresses exactly why I believe mindfulness should be taught in every classroom and flourish in programs across our communities.
The video (above), “Into Light”, features four teens who successfully use mindfulness to help battle depression.



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The symbolism of the dragonfly aligns with the intentions of Mindful Kindful YOUniversity. The dragonfly is often associated with transformation, wisdom, adaptability, resilience, and power. The dragonfly begins its life submerged under water as a nymph and endures many obstacles and challenges before emerging as the revered and beautiful dragonfly. As we shed any negative or unskillful patterns of limiting thoughts, behaviors, and habits, then we are growing our “wings” and are empowered to experience a whole new way of living in happiness, health, wisdom, and well-being. This is our true nature. May you be Mindful * Kindful * Peaceful… and Skillful!