Our mission is to empower students and teachers through the use of mindful awareness skills to create kinder learning environments and more caring school communities.
The mission of Growing Minds' program is to improve classroom environments for children by teaching social and emotional skills in the classroom through a collaborative partnership between the classroom teacher and our instructors who are trained in a variety of social-emotional techniques including mindful awareness strategies, stress reduction, self-regulation and wellness strategies.
Our techniques are secular, employing simple strategies to develop attention and focus, emotional regulation, impulse control, self-compassion and conflict resolution. Based on the latest brain science, students learn to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) allowing the prefrontal cortex to engage, giving rise to the executive functions of the brain such as thinking, planning, and analyzing. Participating youth learn skills to respond, rather than react, to challenging events. Practicing these skills in low stress environments help to access more thoughtful choice making abilities in higher stress situations.