Mission Be

240 Monroe Dr. #307
Mountain View, CA 94040
Website: missionbe.org

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.

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2024, a Women in Buddhist grant in the amount of $12,000 was awarded to fund three components of Mission BE’s current program that work with justice-involved youth in Nasau County, New York: The components are:

1. Providing 26 bi-weekly mindfulness sessions of 45 minutes each focused on mindfulness,neuroscience, self-regulation, self-esteem, forgiveness, gratitude, empathy and compassion.

2. Providing mindfulness training for youth currently on probation, many of whom are gang-involved or live in low-income, high crime neighborhoods and have natural leadership skills that need to be redirected in a positive way.

3. Working with North Bay Shore to provide basic human services to people in need.

Sessions will be adapted for the summer camp environment, with breath work, movement, group sharing circles, mindful outdoor activities and mindful games.