There is nothing little about the Mindful Littles impact. Since October 2016, we have created powerful transformative changes in youth, their grown-ups and communities. Using a data-driven approach with the guidance of social-emotional learning experts, Mindful Littles is providing unparalleled impact for the Whole Child and Whole Community throughout Northern California and beyond.
Our Mindful Service Learning Program
Our flagship program for Mindful Service Learning has engaged more than
100 service learning projects
Through this program we have directly supported over
14 social causes
From assembled backpacks to warm meals to peace kits and so much more, our youth-led creations have provided
in-kind donations valued at $80,000 for nonprofit partners.
“A clinician just popped into my office and shared how one of our kids loved the positive words on the hygiene kit. The youth said it felt like Christmas – all because of a hygiene kit. Amazing.”
Most importantly, our youth and their grown-ups have developed deep empathic awareness of critical social issues and have been motivated to proactively help in the causes they have learned about.
“The event had quite an impact on my 7 year old son, Caden, who, after assembling hygiene kits at your Mindful Littles event, decided to raise money for the kids in Haiti on his own. I think what you are doing through the Mindful Littles program is wonderful, and it’s obviously having an impact on children near and far.”
– Kim Morrow, Local Parent
The best part of these service projects is that not only does my ‘little’ learn how to be more kind, appreciative and compassionate, but I learn how to continue those lessons at home.”
– Megan Buckley, parent
“Honestly before the workshop I was really stressed out on how I could be a better ally. Through hearing stories from the Black community…I now know what I can do to help the fight and know that it’s okay to ask questions and start a conversation about anything that I am unsure about. And most importantly- it’s even stressed on me more about how important it is to take a step back and listen.”
But our impact doesn’t stop with our service learning programs. We help our youth and their grown-ups sustain important habits of self-compassion through our MYSELF™ classroom program and Adult Self-Care Program.
From schools in the Bay Area and Butte County to our virtual program delivery, Mindful Littles has been wildly successful teaching essential self-compassion and resiliency skills. Of 119 3rd graders surveyed:
liked or loved our program
88% said they learned different types of breaths to calm down
79% said they learned new ways to calm their body down
“Mindful Littles is very helpful and there isn’t like a prize or anything, being calm is the prize”
We’ve received a resounding endorsement from the educators we have served.
of teachers surveyed would recommend our program to other educators
of teachers found the Mindful Littles program highly engaging
-Orinda Union Impact Report
“Mindful Littles has made a huge impact on my fourth grade students as well as myself. I’m beyond grateful to have this important program in our schools.”
– Paradise Ridge Teacher
“I would 100% recommend this program to any school or district as a way to help students learn and utilize social/emotional lifelong skills and strategies to become more engaged and better learners.”
– Michelle John, Paradise Unified School District
Because of it’s immense impact on children and community, our Healing Initiative in Paradise was renewed for 2021 by the Butte County Office of Education with a SAMHSA federal mental health grant.
Our innovative partnership with Starbucks has deepened our community reach.
“The impact Mindful Littles has made stretches far and wide, and we are grateful for the tools we learned to become stronger leaders and more successful as a business and brand.”
-Patrick Tucker, Starbucks District Manager
What started as a simple Gratitude Tree at a local Starbucks coffeeshop has blossomed into a partnership spreading kindness, compassion, and hope in many ways.