Our Mission

To assist youth, especially at-risk youth, to improve the quality of their lives by teaching them mindfulness and related life skills.


Our lives, and the lives of those close to us, are often busy, chaotic, and challenging. Mindful Youth offers mindfulness as a path to successfully navigate these ever changing moments of our lives.


We have firsthand experience with the transformative effects of mindfulness, therefore, we feel it is our responsibility to raise other people’s awareness of the practice and to make it accessible to them.

Contact Us

To discuss the opportunity to have Mindful Youth bring our program to your organization, please contact us at 513.550.0776, or by email.


Our dedicated  group makes it possible to help young people to improve the quality of their lives.

Founder, Mindful Youth Inc

John Orr MA LPCC

Executive Director,

Mindful Youth Inc

Group Facilitator, Mindful Youth Inc

Max Raphael

Program Coordinator,

Mindful Youth Inc

Creative Director, Mindful Youth Inc

Gary Dangel

Creative Director,

Mindful Youth Inc

Tommy Rueff

Executive Director,

Happen Inc.


Tommy is a practicing artist with a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting. He has taught both design and drawing on the college level and continues to successfully make and show his work both regionally and nationally. Mr. Rueff has worked for commercial design companies as both a designer and production artist. From 1995 to 1998, he was the cofounder, art director, and copywriter of Barefoot Advertising in Cincinnati.




Laurie A. Greco Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology,
University of Missouri–St. Louis.


Laurie is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist with more than ten years of clinical experience with children, adolescents, and families. She helps to enhance both our research data and our clinical insights.



Gary Dangel


Designatron, Inc.


Gary has worked in the graphic design and advertising fields since the mid-70's as a designer, art director, and creative director. His current focus is on self-directed projects.

Copyright © 2014 Mindful Youth Inc

Mindful Youth Inc is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio. We are driven by compassion, respect, and commitment to the youth of this world.