The Mind Body Awareness Project was founded in 2000 by a group of like-minded individuals who wanted to bring transformative mindfulness and emotional intelligence practices into juvenile detention facilities around the Bay Area.
In 2006, MBA merged with its sister non-profit, Youth Horizons, and the following year, we merged with another nonprofit that served at risk youth, Vision Youthz. MBA is the result of the merger of these three organizations, with a combined 30 plus years of experience serving at-risk populations through inner-awareness practices.
For the following decade, MBA continued to provide groups and trainings in a variety of settings to a variety of demographics, including detention facilities and schools in Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco counties. Around this time was when MBA began offering trainings for correctional officers, police departments, and clinicians as a way to increase systemic change and MBA’s reach.
In 2011, MBA embraced a more evidence-based approach, adding several licensed clinicians (psychologists and marriage family therapists) to our staff as well as board of behavioral sciences supervision in the State of California.
2018 brought with it an opportunity to partner with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, bringing MBA’s proprietary adult curriculum to incarcerated adults in Alameda County’s jails. We also provide weekly groups in San Mateo County Youth Services Center as well as Santa Cruz Juvenile Detention Center.