MBA Pilots New Program in Oakland’s Public Alternative Schools
In the Spring of 2013, MBA partnered with the Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Drug Intervention and Prevention of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) to begin providing mindfulness-based substance abuse services to high-risk and post-incarcerated youth. MBA has been piloting these services both in group and one-on-one format at Community Day High School and Dewey High School of OUSD.
Dewey High School is located in East Oakland and serves students who have either been expelled or could not make it in regular high school. A large portion of Dewey’s population is justice-involved youth.
Community Day is the “last stop” for youth who have not been able to make it in public or other alternative schools prior to leaving OUSD. Most of Community Day’s students are either on probation or routinely in and out of juvenile hall. Thus far, the pilots have been extremely successful, with both youth and school staff speaking highly of the programs.
These pilots are a “sneak peek” of what is to come. In the Fall of 2013, MBA is planning on expanding our collaboration with OUSD and providing mindfulness-based substance abuse treatment services (both in group and one-on-one sessions) to four alternative and continuing education high schools that serve a significant number of post-incarcerated and probation youth. This new undertaking illustrates MBA’s position at the forefront of utilizing a mindfulness-based approach in working with high-risk and incarcerated youth both in and out of custody.
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