Our Mindful Service Learning program is an innovative educational model where children take part in 60-75 minute service projects, as a school/community group or as a family at home, that directly benefit another local nonprofit or community cause. Our approach is different from traditional community service programs as our primary objective is building the compassion muscle in our youth participants.
The Mindful Service Learning Experience
Our innovative framework is highly successful in engaging children with important social topics, internalizing compassion and empathy, and turning thought into meaningful, enduring action.
Humanize and Empathize through Interactive Visual Storytelling
Before we dive into working on a project, we help students understand the social issues behind the service—who they are helping and why. We use highly interactive visual and verbal storytelling techniques to make abstract concepts—civil rights for instance— feel real and relatable, which builds empathy and social consciousness about our common humanity.
Feel Compassion in the Body through Mindful Movements
Emotions are felt in our physical bodies. We incorporate mindfulness, yoga, movement, and art to help participants embody compassion. Our gratitude exercises and heart-centered practices, such as loving-kindness meditations, foster deep compassion and well-being.
Engage in Action through Tangible Meaningful Creation
Children are empowered through creating valuable tangible outputs—things like hygiene kits, warm meals, and encouraging cards of support. Being responsible for creating a finished product, and personalizing it as a gift, gives children a feeling of pride, achievement, and recognition.
Our Mindful Service Learning Offerings
Our projects are deeply connected to serve specific local and global causes that are meaningful to children. We also create customized projects that adapt to the needs and desires of your community and project participants. Many of our offerings are available in a digital format that can be done at home.
“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…. 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 Bay Area Parent
See our Calendar of Events for upcoming online projects you can join.