Mission

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Research indicates that executive function predicts a child’s success as well as — if not better than — IQ (1).

The mission of Joyful Mind Project, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is to prepare young people of all backgrounds through the practice of secular mindfulness to define, understand, and reach their highest goals, to inquire and create, to learn on their own, and to carry that quest for understanding into the world in their own way, and in their own lives.

Our programs aim to foster academic success, self-reliance, and career readiness through strengthening attentional skills and executive function, affecting the development of brain architecture, and providing the foundation for learning, creative-inquiry, pro-social behavior, and health.

Program content includes the Mindful Schools evidence-based curriculum, MBSR-T, and traditional contemplative practices adapted for broader secular use and taught through arts, movement, improvisation, story, and other innovative, experiential methods, honoring the inner-life of young people and nurturing creativity.

With a whole-child perspective, Joyful Mind Project offers mindfulness education to schools and families in Sonoma County and the San Francisco Bay Area.

All community programs are offered by donation only.  School programs are offered on a sliding scale.   Your generosity helps ensure that our programs will continue to serve the community for a long time.  If you are moved to do so, you can even donate now by clicking here.   Thank you, everyone.

The five-minute film above, titled “Release,” focuses on the stress and anxiety experienced by middle school youth — and how mindfulness can help students meet busyness, bullying, and expectations with greater ease.

(1) Adele Diamond, University of British Columbia, 2012

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