At MBA, our core purpose is to inspire and awaken the intrinsic value of young people. Our target population is high-risk youth, mostly involved in the justice and other public systems. The goal of MBA is to perpetuate a “continuity of care” model, wherein youth who traverse the system receive mindfulness-based services while incarcerated, at home in their communities, and in school.
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When: March 4, 2017, 10 AM – 5 PM Where: Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society 2701 Folsom Street San Francisco, CA 94110 Register here! This day long retreat will focus on mindfulness meditation as taught by the Buddha in the Four Noble Truths. We will train our minds in present time awareness by bringing attention to the breath and body and our inner-relationship to the pleasant and unpleasant physical, emotional and mental states that arise. This allows one to gradually understand the truth of the constantly changing nature...read more
As a teenager, Co-founder Noah Levine was incarcerated repeatedly. After learning mindfulness meditation instruction, he took the simple breath awareness instructions to his cell and started paying attention to his breath. For the first time, he learned that he didn’t have to obey his mind. Meditation transformed Noah, and after practicing it for over five years, he wanted to equip other at-risk youth with the same tool that helped him. The MBA Project continues to bring simple breath awareness instructions to incarcerated youth through...read more
We’re excited to announce that our Matching Gift Challenge has been extended to the end of the year. We have raised over $1,000, but have a long way to go to meet our $10,000 challenge. The money will support our mission to help youth like Isaac transform harmful behavior and lead meaningful lives through mindfulness meditation and emotional awareness. “MBA gave me a whole new view on life,” says Isaac, who was introduced to the MBA Project while incarcerated. “When I was a little kid I was embarrassed by the fact that we...read more
Relax and rejuvenate your mind and body with a seventy-five minute float tank experience at Oakland Floats. You would be laying down in 10 inches of warm saltwater, free from gravity and light, and entering into a state of deep relaxation, pain relief, and creative exploration. Donate a minimum of $45 and receive this $75 value in support of mindfulness-based services for incarcerated and at-risk youth in the Bay Area. Receive your free float by donating today: Click here Select “Mind Body Awareness Project” Select “Free...read more
An interview with DR. JAMES GARBARINO conducted by MBA Board Member, Andrew Getz and by Soren Gordhamer Dr. James Garbarino is a professor of Human Development at Cornell University and the the author of numerous books, including Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them, a pioneering book on the causes and solutions to youth violence. A national authority on youth aggression and violence, he has served as an expert witness in a number of youth homicide trials throughout the country. Dr. Garbarino is Co-Director of the...read more
The following are excerpts from an interview conducted in San Francisco between Fleet Maull and MBA Board Member, Andrew Getz and by Martha Mahony. Fleet Maull served 14 years in prison from 1985-1999 on charges of drug trafficking. While incarcerated he founded two national organizations; Prison Dharma Network, and Prison Hospice Association. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Naropa University, an ordained priest in the Zen Peacemaker order, and he is U.S. Director of the Peacemaker Community, a global interfaith network working...read more