We bring mindfulness to young people. Our programs support the emotional, physical and mental health of teenagers.
Breaking New Ground in Public Education
In 2014, Peace in Schools launched the first for-credit high school mindfulness course in the nation. Today, new high schools are partnering with us each year to establish mindfulness courses. Our vision is to make mindfulness an accepted and valued discipline in secondary education. Our classes alleviate the personal and social turmoil experienced by many teens. They help build a calm, peaceful and supportive school environment. School by school, we’re demonstrating how mindfulness can be brought into mainstream education.
Addressing a Critical Need
We provide positive alternatives to teens who, far too often, turn to self destructive behaviors to cope with feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety. Across all socioeconomic levels, rates of substance abuse, bullying, eating disorders and suicide remain alarmingly high. Our mindfulness programs help young people disengage from self-critical and reactive thoughts – thoughts that leave them vulnerable to outside forces, including intense social and academic pressure. Through Peace in Schools, teens learn how to experience and accept who they authentically are.
Serving Teens in HIgh risk environments
In addition to our work in public schools, we partner with social service agencies and alternative schools to serve at risk youth. Our mindfulness programs support teens with daunting personal, social and academic challenges. Many of these teens face extreme stress. Others struggle with depression and self-destructive behaviors. We help them build positive relationships, increase emotional resilience and practice self-care.
TRAINING Mindful EDUCATORS
Peace in Schools offers in-depth, experiential mindfulness courses designed for teachers, school counselors, parents, clinicians, and anyone who regularly works with young people. These courses help adults learn to embody mindfulness, teach hearts and minds, and transform education. Offered jointly with the wonderful folks at Yoga Calm, the courses are also available for credit through Portland State University. Find out more on our Adult Courses page.
You can make a difference. Your support brings mindfulness programs to young people in schools, shelters, and social service agencies.