Our groups create unique opportunities for participants to experience mindfulness in a format that does not place unneeded pressure upon the participant. We do this by embracing the qualities of mindfulness, and focusing more on being rather than doing.
Results of our approach have included enthusiasm and engagement from young people who typically do not have such qualities associated with their behaviors.
At the end of a series of our groups, it is common for youth participants to repeatedly express a desire for the groups to continue. And participant’s peers, who have not been directly involved in the groups, often inquire about how they can become involved in future groups.
Mindful Youth has developed dynamic programs that take into account a wide range of individual personality types, situations, and needs. Our programs, explained below, have been successful in assisting youth to better their lives.
We bring mindfulness training to young people while making it appealing and accessible. Our groups are formatted to meet the developmental needs of different age groups, allowing for improved receptivity and integration of the skills that are taught. Messages are incorporated that cater to the developing identity of adolescents, utilizing the power of peers in middle childhood, and a simplified program with an emphasis upon action for children.
Mindful Youth programs don’t contain convoluted language or lengthy explorations into abstract concepts. Our emphasis is on clear messages that are congruent with the organic interests and needs of the targeted audience.
Therapy practices at Mindful Youth utilize a foundation of evidence-based mindfulness practices in conjunction with other contemporary and evidenced-based therapies. Our goal is to assist young people in gaining the skills they need to successfully manage their mental health and improve their lives. The treating of anxiety is a great example of the use of mindfulness in therapy. This multi-faceted treatment shows the young person how to objectively view his or her distressing and often overwhelming thoughts. With treatment, individuals have reported an improved ability to manage their thoughts and emotions, and that such results often happen quickly.
All therapy services are confidential, strength-based, and work to include the young person’s family as they can be an integral component in the therapeutic process. Our therapy office is conveniently located in Mt. Lookout Square (map) and is on a major bus line that services two zones within the Metro service area.
Mindful Youth has combined current research with the knowledge we have gained delivering mindfulness to young people to develop a program to train youth-providers. We first offer education surrounding what mindfulness is, the benefits of the practice, the common pitfalls to the practice, and strategies for relating to such experiences differently. Secondly, we engage the participants in the practice of mindfulness through a variety of different exercises, including a formal sitting practice. We have found this to be crucial because mindfulness struggles to be translated by an individual without direct experience. Once an experiential understanding is accomplished, we discuss strategies for sharing it with the young people in their lives while offering on-going support if needed.
Mindful Youth, in it’s efforts to benefit the lives of young people, recognizes the value in having a community of individuals who can support them in their mindfulness practice. With this perspective, Mindful Youth offers mindfulness training to organizations within Greater Cincinnati, helping such businesses to achieve better cohesion amongst employees, to reduce stress in the workplace, and to increase employee abilities to skillfully and effectively meet the demands of their job.
In all of this, our goal is to educate youth-serving individuals and organizations so they, too, can be empowered to better the lives of young people.
Mindfulness Training Group at YouthBuild in Northern Kentucky.
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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.