Our vision is to encourage young people to explore and deepen an awareness of self through mindfulness training. We teach a curriculum that is designed to support social and emotional learning and cultivate awareness of stress reactivity in children and adolescents. Mindfulness-based practices inspire discernment in decision-making and lead to healthier and happier choices. These experiential programs offer youth, and the families who care for them, an opportunity to discover their capacity for a deeper purpose and more meaningful connection to themselves and the world around them.

~ Mindfulness is the new ABCs of education: Attention, Balance and Concentration
~ Susan Kaiser-Greenland

The Center’s Youth, School and Family
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A Mindful Education curriculum designed for the classroom. These programs, offered to elementary, middle and high school students, use age-appropriate training materials and practices that inspire exploration and curiosity. The result is higher levels of concentration, organization, and the ability to attend to problems with greater patience and empathy. In some cases, it may be appropriate (and preferable) to train classroom teachers in the methods and practices of mindfulness to facilitate implementation of the curriculum.

A Mindfulness for Kids & Teens Programs. Held on the premises of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, these weekly programs are designed for kids aged 7-11 and Teens aged 13-19. The Mindfulness for Teen, Pre-Teen & Kids programs utilize a combination of age-appropriate exercises, that include yoga, art, meditation practices and multimedia to encourage insight, self-awareness and strengthen the capacity for self-regulation. Neuroscience research provides strong evidence that these mindfulness practices can alter the structure and function of the brain to improve quality of life.

A Mindful & Compassionate Parenting Program. 4-week program for parents who are interested in learning Mindfulness practices, to help them navigate the parenting process and deepen their connection to their family. Through these workshops, parents will be exposed to methods of problem solving and communicating that help build emotional resilience in their children.

Core Skills Training in Mindful & Compassionate Parenting is a two-day core skills training, a combination of empirically based practices from the Mindful Self-Compassion Course and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction along with developmental and attachment research. It is designed to teach parents the art of being fully present with their child with greater kindness, consideration and compassion.

Two-hour In-Service Training, one-day workshops and 8-week programs in mindfulness training designed to create a sustainable model of mindfulness in the schools. Evidence based research demonstrates the value and benefits of mindfulness in promoting greater concentration, emotional regulation and focused attention in the classroom.

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few”~ Roshi Shunryu Suzuki

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Lorraine M. Hobbs, MA, CHom
Youth & Family Programs Director
UCSD Center for Mindfulness

Renee Lewis
Youth & Family Programs Acting Director
UCSD Center for Mindfulness

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