Our Impact

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

5000 youth
in over
100 service learning projects

Through this program we have directly supported over

30 nonprofits
and
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.

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Community groups served
0
Peace kits delivered
0
Backpacks and hygeine kits gifted
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Students reached through digital lessons
“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.”
—Beth Goldberg
Director of Development, Youth Homes

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. 

“Working with Mindful Littles has been a life changing experience. Before volunteering with this group, I’d say I was guilty of not always incorporating compassion and mindfulness into my everyday life, but since I have started volunteering with this organization I have noticed a positive change within myself.”
– Mindful Littles Youth Leader, Age 17
I was so happy that I could put a smile on his face…Sometimes we take for granted all the small things life gives us: a warm bed, clean water, healthy foods, snuggling with pets, and protection from storms and violence.”
– 5th Grade, Mindful Littles participant
“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.” 
—Participant, Racial Justice Workshop

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, Butte County, and beyond, to our virtual program delivery, Mindful Littles has been wildly successful teaching essential self-compassion and resiliency skills. Of 119 3rd graders surveyed:

92%
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”

3rd grader

We’ve received a resounding endorsement from the educators we have served.

100%
of teachers surveyed would recommend our program to other educators

“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

87%
of teachers found the Mindful Littles program highly engaging

-Orinda Union Impact Report

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, and we brought our program to a Fresno County community impacted by wildfires, Pine Ridge Elementary.