This fall, MBA is continuing to partner with local school programs in order to bring tools to develop mindfulness and social emotional learning to more youth in the Bay Area.
In addition to continuing our ongoing weekly groups in Alameda County juvenile hall and San Mateo juvenile hall, as well as continuing ongoing weekly groups at Bridgepoint High School in Fremont, we are returning this year to Dewey Academy in Oakland. Twice a week, instructors lead a boys’ group and a girls’ group focusing on the MBA curriculum. Students are introduced to the concept of mindfulness, and what it means to develop a stance of awareness and acceptance, many for the first time.
We are also partnering with Leadership Public Schools, a local charter school program with school locations in Oakland, Hayward, San Jose and Richmond. Beginning in October, we will be facilitating a 10 week group with youth on the Richmond campus. The youth in the MBA group on the Richmond LPS campus will be learning mindfulness skills in order to become peer leaders, sharing the tools and skill of mindfulness with others at the school.
In total, we’ll be leading 18 mindfulness groups throughout the Bay Area this fall. Thanks to our dedicated group of talented instructors and volunteers, office staff and interns, as well as our committed partners, sponsors, and individual donors, we are continuing to grow and expand our program, offering the tools of mindfulness and the potential to increase self awareness and the possibility of transformation to more and more youth. We have seen the positive impact of the MBA program in the lives of the youth we serve, and we’re excited to see where the coming year takes us all as we continue on this path of mindful service.