A letter from our Founder:
To our Mindful Littles friends, family:
When I take a moment to close my eyes and think about why I am passionate about Mindful Littles, it is the vision of my two beautiful girls that emerges. Every. Single. Time. Making the world a more compassionate place for our children is the seed that began our work in 2016, and it is the seed that continues to personally motivate me each day.
There is a crisis in our country right now — a mental health crisis. The statistics are alarming, particularly for youth. A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics showed approximately 4.4 million children ages 3 to 17 have diagnosed anxiety while 1.9 million have diagnosed depression. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the rate of suicide for children ages 10 to 14 nearly tripled between 2007 and 2017.
I believe wholeheartedly that what we do at Mindful Littles can help counteract these distressing statistics. Everyday we empower our children with preventative tools that not only teach them how to proactively practice compassion for themselves and others, but also build the resiliency needed to handle stress, anxiety and difficult life challenges.
This past year our work expanded in a major way. We successfully launched our Healing Initiative in the Paradise Ridge community positively impacting many children greatly traumatized after the devastating 2018 Camp Fire. Michelle John, Paradise Unified School District Superintendent, has this to say about our program:
“The skills and strategies our students are learning are helping them to become more resilient after a large and deadly wildfire engulfed our town on November 8, 2018. I would 100% recommend this program to any school or district as a way to help students learn and utilize social/emotional life-long skills and strategies to become more engaged and better learners.”
As we continue our programs in Paradise Ridge, the East Bay Area and San Francisco, engage in research studies to measure the transformational outcomes of our work, expand our staff and grow our Board of Directors, the compassionate vision of the future we want for our children continues to be at the heart of everything we do.
I ask you to support us this Giving Tuesday, to collectively invest in a brighter future for our children. When you give a gift to Mindful Littles, you’re giving our children the gift of resiliency, compassion and peace.
With heartfelt gratitude,