Mind body awareness project
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MBA’s mission is to offer tangible resources to the most at-risk youth in the most challenging settings (probation detention centers, classrooms, youth services agencies) to alleviate tension, impulsivity, and aggressive activity while also increasing self-esteem, self-regulation, and overall well-being. MBA’s curriculum integrates best practices from the secular mindfulness and social & emotional learning areas, drawing on the practices of different contemplative cultures as well as the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction protocol developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn (an MBA advisor).
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Noah Levine and a group of his close friends formed the Mind Body Awareness Project in June of 2000. Noah’s quest for meaning, like that of many self-destructive kids, led him to punk rock, drugs, drinking, and frustration. The quest, however, did not end there. Noah searched for constructive ways to channel his rage and rebellion after seeing the futility of narcotics and abuse.
Noah’s life changed when he started practicing mindfulness-based therapy while incarcerated in the Santa Cruz juvenile detention center. Noah found meditation to be transformative, and after practicing it for more than five years, he decided to share the practice that had changed his life with others.
The MBA Project was established with this mission by Noah, Isaiah Seret, Scott Diamond, Catherine Diamond, and Jonathan Raymond. We began with a few classes in Santa Cruz and have since developed significantly. Noah is also a well-known meditation coach who conducts retreats and groups in juvenile halls and jails around the country.
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The central aim of The Mind Body Awareness Project (MBA) is to empower and awaken young people’s intrinsic value. This is achieved through ground-breaking, mindfulness-based direct service work that equips youth with the resources and competencies they need to resolve trauma, alter destructive habits, and achieve true inner freedom. At-risk adolescents may use MBA’s program to minimize tension, impulsivity, and aggressive activity while also increasing self-esteem, self-regulation, and overall well-being. The courses taught by MBA are focused on a proprietary combination of best practices in meditation, movement arts, group-process modalities, peer therapy, and social and emotional learning models. Their mission is to provide at-risk youth with transformational tools and competencies in a vocabulary and metaphors that are important to their current urban experience.
The Lenz Foundation awarded MBA a $2,500 grant in 2010 to cover conference registration fees and travel expenses for the Soul of Money Institute (SOMI). MBA received a $10,000 SOMI award/Foundation grant at that 2011 conference to finance the creation of a new MBA website that would greatly boost 1) MBA’s online, snail mail, and event fundraising capabilities; 2) MBA’s ability to generate fee-for-service revenue through online and in-person trainings; and 3) MBA’s ability to publish “mindfulness and youth” instructional materials and lesson plans on the internet.
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Nowhere is mindfulness more critical than in our work with our society’s young people as a strong and important way of promoting fitness, well-being, and equanimity. Along with the rapid and transformative growth of mindfulness-based programs for adults, there is an especially heartening and vibrant movement to introduce mindfulness to youth of all ages, in a variety of settings and formats that have the potential to have a profound effect on the lives and futures of literally millions of young people around the world.
The UCSD Center for Mindfulness has teamed up with Stressed Teens to coordinate and present a first-of-its-kind conference on February 4 and 5, 2012 called Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education, and Study to help and expand this important movement. The aim of this conference is to bring together a number of key thought leaders in the field of mindfulness, both those working to bring it to youth and those whose reach reaches well beyond that, in the hopes that the synergy produced by such a gathering will offer a growing and significant field even more impetus.