The Mindful Leadership Program is designed to support the transition of youth coming out of, or currently involved with, the juvenile justice system. This program provides culturally responsive, student-directed learning experiences that are supported through mentoring, evidence-based practices and experiential learning. Through camping and other outdoor activities we strive to create a sense of awe, excitement, and appreciation of nature that will allow youth to develop a connection to their local out-of-doors. Nature is also the perfect classroom to learn and practice mindfulness skills and CBT techniques.
A major goal of the Mindful Leadership Program is to provide learning opportunities for struggling youth through leadership skills development, connection to the natural world and mindfulness activities to empower life-long contributions to self, community and nature.
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- Curriculum will include daily stress reduction techniques and mindfulness
- Use of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy technique of relaxation breathing in order to access emotions and negative thought patterns.
- Daily yoga and meditation for healthy coping skills development.
- Our program will provide opportunities for students to be curious and observe the natural world through ecological principles allowing them to gain insights and ability to identify how interconnected the natural world really is.
- Students will directly experience nature by sleeping, cooking and communing among the trees, and through experiential activities designed to incorporate nature such as community service projects.
- Through partnerships in the community youth will be able to experience white water rafting, hiking, orienteering and backpacking.
Leadership Skills Development
- Provide culturally responsive, student-directed learning experiences that are supported through mentoring.
- A focus on leadership skills development through problem solving, effective communication, teamwork, self-awareness, self-empowerment, and confidence building.
- Addressing the problems with the leadership images presented to youth through the media and popular culture as well as the perceptions of the roles of youth in their communities. This image conveys the message that youth, particularly youth who are minorities or from low-income class families, cannot be agents of change and cannot have a genuine voice in the actions and development of their communities.
- Development of a final project that youth will bring back to their communities based on an environmental scan of their community’s needs.
We are currently looking for further support from other sources, including the agencies that serve youth in the juvenile justice system in the region.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT NEEDED
- Recruitment and enrollment of youth into the program.
- Transportation (vehicle/gas/insurance/staff to drive youth to and from camp).
- Program Staff: an overnight staff that is familiar with working with this population and can provide extra adult supervision.
- Volunteers: community partners or agency staff willing to provide support for certain activities.
- Provide additional funding for a small stipend for youth who complete the weeklong program.
- Continued collaboration and coordination of youth involvement post camp
If you or someone you know can help support this program please email firstname.lastname@example.org.