Numerous reports over the last few years have highlighted that many young people experience high levels of trauma and chronic stress, conditions that significantly affect learning and discipline in schools. At the same time, studies have demonstrated that the practice of mindfulness can alleviate stress and improve focus.
To help address stress levels and reduce student discipline citations and suspensions in schools in Concord’s Monument Corridor and Bay Point communities that are part of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD), in July 2019 the Community Health Fund (CHF) allocated $156,500 to the Mindful Life Project (MLP) to support a partnership among the MLP, the MDUSD, and the Village Community Resource Center (VCRC) in Brentwood. MLP is a West Contra Costa County-based organization that aims to empower underserved children through mindfulness and other transformative skills. VCRC is a non-profit organization that focuses on improving neighborhood conditions through prevention-based programs in education, health services and social services.
Between July 2019 and June 2020:
MDUSD expects to benefit from:
VCRC will benefit from its staff participating in a train-the-trainer pilot program, which will prepare the organization to implement its own mindfulness program.