Description of Organization
In 2013 Mission Be piloted a mindfulness project at Islip High School in Long Island, NY. After receiving feedback, Mission Be began working with elementary school students and recruited seven volunteers, women with Master’s degrees in social work, psychology and education, and backgrounds in mindfulness, to implement the program in 17 classrooms. After receiving positive feedback, Mission Be has cultivated mindfulness, compassion and altruism at more than 60 schools in California and New York and has trained thousands of teachers and reached over 50,000 children.
In 2021, a COVID-19 Operational Grant of $8,000 was awarded to Mission Be to implement online mindfulness education to K-5 and Middle and High School teachers throughout California, New York and elsewhere to facilitate mindfulness activities. 3,750 Middle and High School students and 750 Elementary School students were recipients of this program. Given the increased disruption and anxiety caused by the impact of COVID-19 on parents, students, and educators, Mission Be has been overwhelmed with scholarship requests from teachers.
The COVID-19 Impact: COVID-19 increased student, faculty, and parent stress levels, and introduced challenges because of social isolation, and barriers related to technology access needed for all schoolwork. Mission Be offers two six-week online Mindfulness courses for educators — one targeted to elementary educators and the other to middle and high school educators. The online courses meet 90 minutes once a week for six weeks and give educators opportunities to develop a mindfulness-based, self-care and relaxation practice and to learn how to use mindfulness practices to create more compassionate and thriving classroom and school environments.
In 2018, a grant in the amount of $9,000 was awarded to Mission Be to implement two 6-week online mindfulness training for educators, providing them with the skills and knowledge to effectively implement mindfulness activities and exercises to their students. The training will reach 60 teachers so that they can facilitate mindfulness activities to 1,500 students. The goal is to broaden the pool of educators who are prepared to bring mindfulness training to young people, mitigate the impact of stress for students, and give them the tools to self-regulate.