The Mindful Littles Service Learning Experiences are one of a kind. We organize 60-90 minute experiences at local community facilities or at schools, religious institutions, with youth groups and many more. To create each service learning project, we partner with another nonprofit organization to identify an important cause. Centered around that cause, we create an experiential learning project filled with storytelling, yoga and creative service projects.
We are intentional about the positive energy we cultivate during each service learning project. We believe that this energy transcends into the service we do and can not only help our nonprofit partners but help the youngest generations feel and practice compassion.
Our Service Learning Offerings
Diversity and Inclusion is one of the most important topics we can teach our littles. In this special series, we partner with special needs programs, create friendship circles, help international causes and share the importance of diversity.
The Mindful Littles Experience
Educational & Meaningful: We want to educate our littles and bigs, talk about the uncomfortable topics and help them connect to universal truths about our human experience. Storytelling is a core focus of our events so that we can deeply connect and relate to one another. We also uniquely integrate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and mindfulness practices. Whether it’s learning about brain science, building self-awareness and emotion regulation skills or grooving to a new Haitian dance, our families will leave our events learning something new.
Mindful & Heartfelt: During every experience, we practice mindfulness, yoga, movement and art so that littles and bigs have a chance to practice peace within themselves. The epicenter of all humans is our heart. By connecting into the heartstrings through heart-centered practices such as loving-kindness meditations, our children truly feel a deep sense of compassion during every experience.
Playful & Fun: Service projects do not have to be boring, and can be engaging, interactive and fun. Our events are age-appropriate for littles ranging from ages 4-11. We play mindfulness games, dance to fun songs and make laughter a critical part of all our projects.
Tangible & Connected: The projects we organize are meaningful and connected to bigger purpose. Our littles and families participate in hands-on activities and create tangible outputs- from assembling hygiene kits to making keepsake frames to creating quilts to performing dances and much more. After our projects, littles not only feel a sense of purpose but can feel proud of their work.
Accessible & Convenient: We recognize that many nonprofit organizations can’t accommodate young children so we host our projects off-site and bridge a critical gap that exists today between many nonprofits and families with young children. Our service projects are convenient and accessible for families with young children. We do all the pre-planning to ensure that families can truly enjoy a meaningful experience.
Few Highlights from the First Year
In the summer of 2017 we did our first Kids n Nature project where we did an outdoor scavenger hunt, painted with berries and learned about the importance of Mother Nature.
During this special series of events, families joined together to make custom heart patches sharing the unique qualities of their family. We then quilted each patch together into an American flag called "Different Hearts, United as One." We marched in the local 4th of July Parade with our diversity quilt.
Our hip-hop extravaganza included a full lesson for Mindful Littles from a local dance studio. We practiced a dance number based on kindness and then walked over to a local senior center to perform the dance. We also had the chance to mingle and get to know some of our new senior friends.
We teamed up with one of our favorite nonprofit partners to help foster care youth. This particular event was meaningful as we were inspired by the story of a personalized stone that gave hope and courage to boy named Danny. We began including "friendship stones" in many projects thereafter starting with this one.
We partnered up with a local elementary school and taught the 4th grade class about kids in Hinche, Haiti. The kids then got a chance to write a kind letter that was hand-delivered to the children there and in return received letters from their new international friends.