The Mind Body Awareness Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching youth essential life skills through a proprietary rehabilitation program designed specifically to meet the social and emotional needs of highly-at-risk youth and target their underlying criminogenic needs. In juvenile halls, clinics, high schools, and group homes we meet teenagers whose habitual behaviors are leading them down a road to substance abuse, crime, and violence. Tragically, these young people are not being given any tools they can use to stop this dangerous and self-destructive momentum. The MBA Project was founded with the mission to teach youth life-saving skills they are not learning at school or in their homes. We teach them how to respond to violence with compassion, and how to reflect on a thought or emotion before taking action. Anchored in the values of compassion, integrity, and mutual respect we use time-honored practices from a variety of cultural backgrounds to help these youth reduce stress, manage anger, and avoid violence. There are no easy answers about how to address the challenges facing young people today, but we feel that the awareness practices we offer provide youth with invaluable resources.
MBA Project has been a grant recipient of Yoga Dana Foundation since 2007.