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I came across Mindful Youth in the fall of 2012. I had just returned from a meditation retreat overseas, with the motivation to share the fruits of meditation and mindfulness practices with adolescents. No sooner did I set out to do this did I stumble upon founder John Orr. Not only was he already conducting the very sort of work I was interested in, I found his approach to wholly embody the spirit of mindfulness, all the while bringing a clinical, evidence-based framework to his methods. Since being involved, it has been a privilege to guide youth in meditation groups, discussions, and workshops.
I think the approach of Mindful Youth engages individuals in a way that is unique, real, and transformative. The openness and respect cultivated in each group continue to expand my notion of what’s possible with mindfulness. I have gotten to play a part in the opening of minds and hearts, including my own. Perhaps most rewarding is to find my own involvement in meditation – previously a solitary effort – directly benefit and enrich the lives of others.
For mindfulness practitioners looking to reach out to our young people in an authentic and genuine way, I would highly recommend getting involved with Mindful Youth.
– Max Raphael
Teaching mindfulness to young people is a growing, worldwide movement, and Mindful Youth is the vehicle for that movement in Cincinnati.
Having the opportunity to be a part of this momentum and to share your mindfulness practice with youth is one of the most rewarding experiences a practitioner could have. In a world that offers both internally and externally imposed judgment and criticism, Mindful Youth spreads the qualities of mindfulness outwards as we create a space of acceptance and kindness – a space that the youth naturally respond to. It’s amazing to see even some of the most challenged youth, who are often in conflict with adults, have a chance to be heard, and just be. It creates an excitement that is felt in both the young people and the volunteers. If you would like to join Mindful Youth and experience such a great opportunity, please contact us.
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.