Description of Organization
At The Mind Body Awareness Project (MBA), the core purpose is to inspire and awaken the intrinsic value of young people. This is accomplished through groundbreaking, mindfulness-based direct service work that empowers youth with the tools and competencies to overcome trauma, transform negative behaviors, and find real freedom from the inside. MBA’s curriculum provides at-risk youth with concrete tools to reduce stress, impulsivity and violent behavior and increase self-esteem, self-regulation and overall well-being. MBA’s classes are based upon a proprietary synthesis from best practices in meditation, movement arts, group-process modalities, peer counseling, and social and emotional learning models. Their goal is to give at-risk youth access to transformational tools and competencies in a language and through metaphors relevant to their contemporary urban experience.
MBA is at the cutting edge of developing evidence-based mental training-driven rehabilitation interventions in youth vernacular: training that is relevant to young lives.
In 2011, a grant in the amount of $10,000 was awarded to fund the development of a new MBA website that will significantly enhance 1) MBA’s online, snail mail, and event fundraising capabilities; 2) MBA’s ability to generate fee-for-service revenue via online and in-person trainings; 3) MBA’s ability to publish “mindfulness and youth” curriculum materials and lesson plans online in multiple formats and receive donation-based support from users for these materials; and 4) MBA’s ability to galvanize grassroots support for mindfulness and youth programming nationally.
In 2010, a grant in the amount of $2,500 was awarded to cover the Lenz Foundation’s Soul of Money Institute (SOMI) conference registration fees and travel expenses.