School children can succeed in school and beyond
School children are able to fulfill their academic and life potential through training in social and emotional skills. Many children report chronic academic and social pressures at school and home. A survey conducted by the American Psychological Association in 2009, for example, found that 45% of US teens were stressed by school pressures. Chronic stress in children can in turn undermine learning; chronic exposure to stress increases wear and tear on areas of the brain associated with executive control (ability to martial attention, use working memory and exercise inhibition), language and other cognitive and behavioral functions.
Mission Be offers a solution to academic and social pressure and gives children the tools to self-regulate and empowers them to express themselves through the use of their voice, music and creative arts rooted in mindfulness and social and emotional learning based practices. Mission Be’s curriculum includes: student practices, workshops, projects, movement and cooperative games. We also train teachers, social workers, school administrators and parents the skills to be present and connect with one another and the children in meaningful, moving and creative ways.
Mindfulness practices help children self-regulate and thrive
Mission Be offers mindfulness based educational programs to train students to better manage stress and regulate emotions. Mindfulness can be described as the practice of paying attention in the present moment, and doing it intentionally and with non-judgment. Mindfulness has emerged as a powerful intervention skill for self-regulation noted in 2000+ studies (growing exponentially each year) showing its benefits. Expected immediate outcomes based on this research for our Mindfulness Programs include: 1) Reduced stress and improved physical well-being. 2) Improved ability to express one’s self both verbally and in the creative arts. 3) And increased ability to manage stress and stress-based short-term and long-term negative health outcomes, leading to a healthier adulthood. 4) Increased Focus: as seen in improved ability to pay attention and concentrate, to improve focus both academically, emotionally and creatively. 5) Improved Emotion Regulation: as seen in reduced impulsiveness rowdiness, suspensions and expulsions. 6) Increased Emotional Intelligence such as improved conflict resolution skills, 8) Increased empathy and respect: as seen in increased empathy and understanding of others and a decrease in judgement and an increase in inclusion in the school community. 7) Increased resilience and self-confidence: such as increased capacity to overcome challenges.
We believe that equipping children with key mindfulness-based social emotional skills will not only help them perform better academically and in their careers, but will also help them become more creative, inventive, compassionate, empathetic, caring members of society. Children growing up with skills to regulate their emotions and express themselves, tend to better understand their own needs, to recognize other’s needs, to value nature and to problem solve compassionately will help usher in a more peaceful, healthy, happy and thriving future.
Mission Be helps children and communities become self-regulated, happier and more peaceful through two evidence-based mindfulness programs
Mission Be helps children regulate emotions. We bring mindfulness-based social emotional learning programs to schools as an antidote to stress, violence, bullying and addiction and thereby increase the number of thriving, happy and peaceful children in the world. Mission Be’s programs are: 1) Eight to 32 Week In-Class Mindfulness Program for K-12 students 2) 18 hour weekend Mindful Educator Trainings for teachers and educators 3) Online Courses for 6 weeks, 90 minutes a week 4) Faculty Meetings and Professional Development for Teachers, Support Staff and Administration 5) Mindful Music and Concious Hip Hop and Art Program, 8 week course of song writing, music development and the arts. 6) Parent Workshops
Our school programs aim to improve children’s academic and life success by building their skills of stress-management, inner-resilience, emotion regulation, and executive control, and overall physical and emotional well-being. Our curriculum helps children cultivate empathy and compassion towards themselves and others thereby helping to create safer and more nurturing school climates. Our trainings for teachers helps build teachers’ own resilience and capacity to thrive in the classroom while providing them with a curriculum to bring mindfulness practices to their students.
Since launching in 2013 in New York, we have successfully implemented our mindful education curriculum in 130+ schools reaching 148,000+ students in New York and California. We have also trained over 10,000 educators in New York and California.
Our programs are differentiated by our commitment to four core values
Transformative social-emotional learning based in mindfulness
Providing the highest quality of sustainable and universally-accessible mindfulness programming
Continual personal and professional learning, growth and development for team members
Embodying mindfulness, open-communication, joy and compassion within the organization