Mindful Kids Miami, Inc. (MKM), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2011, seeks to bring the benefits of mindfulness to children from pre-K through the 12th grade in Miami-Dade County. Mindful Kids Miami helps educators, health providers and caregivers teach mindfulness skills to children and youth in schools and other settings.
Our vision is to improve the lives of all children in the community by giving them access to mindfulness skills which reduce stress and anxiety, develop attention and focus, promote emotional regulation and impulse control, teach empathy and compassion, and create a sense of well-being.
At Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto, Calif., 7th graders are learning to cope with the stress of life in a community rife with homelessness, shootings and gang war trauma. By teaching these children to pay close attention to their breathing and movements, Stanford University researchers are hoping they will focus better in school and beyond. Jeffrey Brown reports.