November 2014 MBA Project Newsletter


November 2014

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Your Gifts that Keep on Giving

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Unused gift cards. Cars. iPhones. Jewelry. Boats. What do all of these things have in common? You can donate them to MBA, free of hassle. iDonate is a user friendly giving platform that turns stuff you don’t need into mindfulness training for the at-risk youth we serve.

De-clutter your life, get a tax write off, and most importantly: empower Bay Area Youth!


We are expanding our team and seeking the following individuals to join us:
Clinical Services DirectorThe ideal candidate will provide expert support and training to our team of meditation instructors, while having a big hand in the strategic direction of MBA’s programming. Find out more here.
Interns: We’re looking for two interns to join us: one data-loving Major Donor Development Intern and a social media savvy Online Communications InternOur internships are ideal for college students or young professionals to gain insight in working with a small nonprofit. Read more here.

We thank you and all supporters of MBA for your generous contributions. Please consider making a donation now:


The Latest News at MBA Project

Keep up with even more MBA happenings by visiting our website.

A Diverse Collaboration 

On Saturday Oct. 18, more than 70 individuals gathered at the San Francisco Shambhala Center for MBA Project’s co-hosted workshopTeaching Mindfulness to Diverse Youthwith the Northern California Shambhala.

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Photo Courtesy of Northern California Shambhala
MBA was honored to have two of its staff on the panel: MBA’s executive director Roger Miller and Syra Smith, a MBA instructor who has mentored youth in mindfulness for more than 15 years. Along with Meena Srinivasan and Gale Young, MBA provided insight on working with diverse youth populations through sitting meditation, lively discussions and Q&As, and group activities.
To get a deeper look into the workshop, check out several videos (courtesy of NCS) on MBA’s Vimeo page.

Healing from the Inside

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This year alone, more than 800 unique youth in the Bay Area participated in the mindfulness-based workshops offered by the Mind Body Awareness ProjectToday we share a story of one of those youth from a MBA instructor:
“Last March, I worked with a young person in Unit 3 [of Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center]. He expressed that he had been struggling with wanting to commit suicide. After participating fully in our mindfulness class over the course of a few weeks, he said: “When I first got in here [juvenile detention], a few months ago, I was going to kill myself. Because of this [meditation group] and the books I’m reading, I don’t want to do that anymore. I’m healing my insides. Remembering him now, I feel immense gratitude that I got to witness his healing process.”
MBA’s programs empower youth to regulate their emotions and negative impulses. Our youth learn to overcome trauma through self-care, and find an authentic freedom within themselves.
Mind Body Awareness Project
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