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Mind Body Awareness Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Youth Development Programs, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: Our mission is to help youth transform harmful behavior and live meaningful lives through mindfulness and emotional awareness.

Results: MBA partners with the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center and the San Mateo Youth Services Center to deliver mindfulness-based services in their juvenile hall and long-term camp facilities (Sweeney and Glenwood).MBA developed our 10-session proprietary rehabilitation curriculum designed specifically to meet the social and emotional needs of incarcerated youth with a focus on violence reduction and impulse control. Our philosophy is focused on building authentic heartfelt relationships with the youth we serve. The curriculum is based on ten weekly modules on topics including emotional literacy, empathy, interpersonal relationships, forgiveness, and transforming negative beliefs. 2015 Program Objectives: 1) Alternative Education Schools - Serve 175 unique youth in three OUSD continuation high schools and 60 youth in the Newark Unified School District during the 2015-16 school year 2) Probation – Serve 330 unique youth in the Alameda Juvenile Justice Center and 110 in the San Mateo Youth Services Center. 3) Impact - Achieve a minimum program participant self-reported reduction of 25% in perceived stress and a 25% increase in self-regulation that MBA participants have historically reported.iiiiv 4) Research - Collect and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data and share results with our partner organizations to inform ongoing program improvement.

Target demographics: at-risk youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,372

Geographic areas served: Alameda, San Mateo Counties

Programs: Our services are based upon a proprietary curriculum synthesized from best practices in counseling, meditation, group-process modalities and socio-emotional learning models.

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