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.
The MBA Project invites you to share words of encouragement with youth inside juvenile hall. From now through December 2017, we’ll collect cards from our supporters that answer the question: “when you’re in a hard place, how do you free your mind?” The hundreds of cards we received last year helped brighten the holidays for many youth. This year, we hope to give a handwritten card to every youth incarcerated in the Bay Area, but we need your help. Will you join us? Download and print the template included below (2 cards per page,...read more
Thanks to the generosity of the Quest Foundation, the MBA Project will receive a $15,000 grant if we can match their contribution by August 31st! Donate today and your gift will go twice as far in impacting the lives of incarcerated youth. Your investment in ongoing, weekly mindfulness-based rehabilitation groups will help decrease stress and enhance well being for youth behind bars. Through MBA Project groups, youth are able to develop mindfulness skills — such as the ability to focus on the breath — that help them better navigate conflict...read more
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