August 2014 MBA Project Newsletter“Teaching Mindfulness to Youth: A Diverse Exploration” A daylong workshop co-hosted by MBA Project and the Northern California

ShambhalaIf you teach or are interested in teaching mindfulness to youth, we encourage you to attend our dynamic Oct. 18 workshop, held at the Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco located at 1231 Stevenson Street.The event will include meditation, discussion, and training on delivering mindfulness and compassion programs to diverse youth populations. We hope to cultivate greater societal and individual awareness for a more inclusive youth culture in our community. Register here.


After nearly seven years of dedicated service at MBA, Sam is departing from the organization. Here is his farewell letter to MBA’s community:

Since the end 2007, I’ve held almost every position possible at MBA: volunteer, meditation instructor, senior meditation instructor, program manager, research director, executive director, program director, and finally clinical services director. During these last 7 years with MBA, I’ve worked on everything from research and instructor training to curriculum development, fundraising, and direct service with the young people we serve.

But at my core my true passion is working directly with youth, conducting research, and being an educator. I was recently offered two exciting jobs that will allow me to do just that: a Clinical Therapist position at the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center and Core Faculty position at Sofia University, a transpersonal-based graduate school committed to the interface between spirituality and psychology. It has been an exciting and wonderful 7 years with MBA. I wish it the best and will continue to support its mission from the outside looking in.


Hire MBA Project to teach mindfulness-based professional trainings for your organization

Here’s what Urban Tilth‘s executive director Doria Robinson said about the impact of MBA’s mindfulness workshop:

“We launched our Urban Agriculture Summer Apprentice Program for at-risk Richmond teens six years ago. During the first year, our 47 youth were at each other a lot. We realizedthat much of the conflict was caused by our youth having no tools to cope with chronic trauma.

We brought in MBA Project to do emotional literacy and mindfulness trainings for our staff and our youth. The results were deeply moving. The cohort transformed into family with a new mission to be aware of our emotional states and to channel emotions positively. We brought back the MBA again in 2012 with the same result.

The following year we didn’t have our funding in place in time to book MBA and it was tough again. This year, 2014, I made sure we had MBA back onboard. Its mindfulness and self-awareness training continues to help us create strong, positive and healing relationships among our staff, youth and the community.We are deeply grateful for MBA’s life-changing work.”

If interested in hiring MBA Project for a workshop, please reach us at (415) 824-2048 or

Work as an Intern at MBA this Fall 2014!MBA Project is hiring a Communications & Marketing Intern to contribute to MBA’s messaging and visibility. Our ideal intern is savvy in social media and possesses exceptional writing skills. Our internships provide valuable nonprofit exposure. Learn more about the position on ourwebsite.Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to hr@mbaproject.orgMessage from Our Youth“It’s so amazing what all this meditation can do to you. You’re mad one instance, but the other instance you forget what anybody told you. And then you just catch up on how you’re feeling and what you’re feeling–what’s going inside of you.” -MBA youth participant


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