March 2015 MBA Project Newsletter


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March 2015 – MBA Project Newsletter
“We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.
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We’re excited to announce the launch of MBA’s revamped 2015 training program!
MBA is proud to say that we’ve expanded our training program! We will be offering training in teaching mindfulness to youth, with an emphasis in training folks to offer specific tools and resources focused on meditation and mindfulness, working with trauma, group facilitation, and self-care for providers. 
If you are interested in volunteering with MBA, or coming on as a clinical trainee or intern, the first step in the process is so attend a training. To be considered for the program, please send resumes to and apply below:

Welcoming a new addition to the MBA family

Jennie1 9MBA Project is pleased to welcome Jennie Powe Runde as its new Clinical Services Director. Jennie is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT), and works closely with MBA’s team of instructors and partners in juvenile justice centers and school districts to serve the Bay Area’s at-risk and incarcerated youth.

Jennie will also help develop an 
upcoming clinical curriculum and a volunteer and training program. She was first inspired to work with youth when she watched her adopted brother struggle during his time in and out of juvenile hall. “When working with vulnerable youth, I think about how I would have wanted someone to show my brother kindness, love, and respect when he was at his lowest.”


During her 11 years at Seneca Family of Agencies, Jennie led art therapy groups as the Clinical Director of a mental health-based program and taught mindfulness practices to youth. She recalls a powerful moment once when she asked a group to breathe and then hold a part of their body that was experiencing pain or discomfort: “One student who was often very distressed and sometimes violent, placed his hand over his chest and held it there,” she says. “It was clear to me that this young man was experiencing deep and painful sadness. That exercise changed my relationship with him, and helped me see the power of mindful work.” 


Jennie looks forward to helping MBA deliver more mindfulness programs to challenging populations: “I would like MBA to be recognized as a leader in mindfulness work with the most challenging populations,” she says. “I want to offer the tools of self awareness and acceptance, and ultimately transformation to more and more people.”


Connect with Jennie at

Join the MBA team
Our team is growing and we seek the following individuals to join us:
Office & Communications Manager – Apply here.
Graphic Design Intern –
Web Development Intern – Apply here.

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MBA’s Executive Director

Roger Miller recently spoke with Michael Neeley from the Consciously Speaking Podcast about
the principles underlying MBA’s work, the subtlety of working in mindful ways
with high-risk youth and the key elements of consciousness.


Listen to the interview here


A big thanks to all of MBA supporters!

Your generous contribution affects our youth in a tremendous way. 

Just $10 allows MBA to deliver 60 minutes of mindfulness and contemplative practice to one youth. Imagine the impact of $60: you would help transform the lives of six unique youth
MBA empowers at-risk youth through mindfulness training. If you stand by this mission, then you are part of our community.
Together, we can spark meaningful change. 

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