Mission Be is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing mindfulness-based social, emotional and life-skills to students, youth, families and educators in order to create a more sustainable and compassionate world. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment with non-judgmental awareness. It has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, while enhancing emotional regulation and academic performance. Mission Be integrates mindfulness-based activities and practices into school curricula, youth programs and workshops, parent-teacher conferences, and professional development to support social and emotional well-being.
Mission Be works with children from kindergarten to high school, helping them develop skills that will serve them throughout their lives. At the beginning of each mindfulness session, they establish a safe and comfortable environment, where children are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings. Their trained instructors lead students through a variety of activities such as mindful breathing, movement, and guided practices, which enable them to relax and become more focused.
Through mindfulness, students gain the tools to navigate life’s challenges with greater resilience, empathy, and compassion. Children learn to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations, and develop more positive and caring relationships with themselves and others.
Mindfulness-based practices have proven to be essential for the overall well-being of not only students, but also educators and parents. The Organization has seen a significant improvement in academic performance, focus, attention and behavioral issues in children who have participated in their programs.
Mission Be continues to create access to their mindfulness-based programs for underserved youth. They are based on Long Island and focus primarily on schools in Nassau and Suffolk County. Mission Be’s instructors have trained over 12,000 educators and have reached over 150,000 students in New York and California, impacting over 28 states and 11 nations. Last year alone, Mission Be impacted 40 Long Island Schools.
Schools strive to support the well-being of all children. Mission Be’s programs can achieve that goal by incorporating mindfulness practices into academic curricula to foster emotional and social well-being.