A Conversation on Mindfulness, Youth and Justice

A Conversation on Mindfulness, Youth and Justice—with Dr. Sará King, Jahlisa Forcheney and Barnaby Willett

We're excited to share this insightful and inspiring video conversation featuring two special guests, Dr. Sará King and Jahlisa Forcheney. It's part of Peace in Schools efforts to integrate social justice into our organizational conversation and practice. 

Dr. Sará King, Founder of Mindheart Consulting, is a UCLA-trained political and learning scientist, neuroscientist, entrepreneur, public speaker, and yoga and meditation instructor. She specializes in researching and teaching about the relationship between mindfulness, community healing, and social justice.

Jahlisa Forcheney is a youth leader in mindfulness. She is a student at St. Joseph's college majoring in psychology and minoring in mindfulness studies. She is also a member of The Awake Youth Project at the Brooklyn Zen Center, where she uses the tools of mindfulness to help with everyday challenges.

In May 2019, Caverly Morgan and Barnaby Willett of Peace in Schools had the honor to participate — along with Dr. Sará King, Jahlisa Forcheney, and other mindfulness educators — in a convening "Mindfulness, Youth, and Justice" hosted by the The Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice in New York City. As described by the organizers:

This is a national convening of organizations and educators who teach mindfulness to youth and who are committed to equity and justice. The purpose of the convening is to build stronger relationships among us, to learn from each other, and grow our capacity as equitable educators and organizations. We seek to strengthen the movement of bringing mindfulness to youth by deepening our awareness of and skills related to accessibility, equity, and justice.

The convening was an incredible opportunity innovation in five thematic areas: social justice, equity, funding, best practices, and secularity. We left feeling incredibly inspired and energized by the power of the collective collaboration that took place. 

We share this video with you as a way to bring you into the conversation that took place at the convening — and to inspire more folks to take part. We invite you to continue the conversation with us on July 22nd in Portland at a special event, "Mindfulness, Youth, and Social Justice", featuring Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Sará King, Caverly Morgan, Gia Naranjo-Rivera, and youth alumni from Peace in Schools.

Much gratitude to our special guests for participating in this video. Major thanks to the Ford Foundation, to the Steering Committee and Facilitators, and to our friends at iBme for their central role in organizing the convening.