July 2014 MBA Project Newsletter

“It’s all about creating real relationships with the young people so that they feel comfortable enough and trust enough to be able to go deep and share what’s on their hearts. Often times for them, learning mindfulness is both difficult and beneficial. Difficult in the sense that it gets them to be more aware of some of the hardening of the heart that they have been through because they’ve needed to do that to survive, and it’s beneficial because it gives them the tools to deal with the strong emotions that come up.”  –Sam Himelstein, MBA Clinical Services Director, in a recent podcast

Podcast with MBA on Empowering Youth Through Mindfulness

In a recent interview with Renaissance Podcast, MBA Project’s own Clinical Services Director Sam Himelstein and Senior Instructor Micah Anderson spoke about their own spiritual journeys through meditation, their personal experiences with the youth they serve through MBA, and the importance of mindfulness and leadership training to empower at-risk youth.

Click below to listen.


“When I practice mindfulness, I come fully into this moment and I am free. I experience freedom, it’s like I’m not even in juvenile hall anymore.”

-MBA Mindfulness Training Youth Participant

Hire MBA to teach a mindfulness-based professional training for your organization for youth or adults. Reach us at: 415-824-2048 or info@mbaproject.org

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Teaching Mindfulness to Youth:

A Diverse Exploration 

Co-hosted by the Northern California Shambhala and the Mind Body Awareness Project

Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

1231 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Join Bay Area luminaries for a one-day workshop to deepen the wisdom and skills necessary for teaching the practices mindfulness and compassion to diverse populations of youth. How can these become more relevant, accessible, and applicable to the entire population? We will explore how to create an inclusive culture and what it will take to get us there.

The program will include meditation, contemplation, discussion, and training in particular skills. The morning session will focus on our personal relationships to issues of diversity and how our perceptions affect our work. The afternoon session will involve training in how to teach mindfulness to diverse.

This program is designed for teachers, trainers, and others currently teaching, or interested in teaching, mindfulness and compassion programs to youth. We hope to cultivate greater societal and individual awareness so that we can create a more inclusive culture for the youth in our community.


This event is part of Northern California Shambala’s “Follow Your Inspiration” series. The producers are committed to making these programs accessible to all. Scholarships are supported by The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation. Please click here to select payment option.


Sam Himelstein, PhD, Clinical Services Director at the Mind Body Awareness Project.

Amani Carey-Simms, Lead Instructor at the Mind Body Awareness Project.

Gale Young, PhD, Professor Emerita and Chair of the Communications Department at Cal State East Bay.

Meena Srinivasan, MA, member of the Social Emotional Learning & Leadership for the Oakland Unified School District

More event information here.

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