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January 2017 - MBA Project Newsletter

A Daylong to Benefit the MBA Project with Noah Levine


Join us on March 4th from 10AM - 5pm at Against the Stream in San Francisco for a daylong retreat focusing on mindfulness meditation. All proceeds from the day with benefit the MBA Project. 

Register here! 

Become a Guiding Lights Monthly Donor!

Guiding Lights

- $25/month supports a weekly class for 12 Oakland youth

- $50/month produces a daylong retreat for 6-12 San Mateo County youth

- $100/month funds an afterschool program at a new school 

Learn more here!

Meet Michael, a Former MBA Project Participant


After witnessing the fatal shooting of his brother at age 13, Michael became involved in gang violence. Watch his story to learn how meditation helped Michael manage stress while incarcerated, and how it continues to help him as he plans for the future. 

Watch here!


Mindfulness, Trauma, and At-Risk Youth Training

Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 10AM - 4PM
Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society
2701 Folsom Street 
San Francisco, CA 94110

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In this 5-hour training, participants will learn about the physical, mental, and emotional effects of trauma - its origins and symptoms in the context of attachment theory, the window of tolerance, and the newest findings on trauma and attachment based on the work of leading experts. Participants will learn to recognize the symptoms of stress, anger, or burnout in themselves (also known as secondary trauma or compassion fatigue), as well as recognize and respond to the symptoms of trauma in the youth they serve in a mindful way. Facilitators will lead participants through both experiential and didactic exercises how to use mindfulness-based, trauma-informed interventions.


—Learn about the foundations, effects, and benefits of mindfulness
—Understand the physical, mental and emotional aspects of trauma
—Understand the benefits of mindfulness in addressing and mitigating effects of stress and trauma
—Learn specific ways that staff can incorporate mindful awareness to help themselves and the youth they serve

Who would benefit:

—Teachers, school administrators, and youth workers
—Therapists, counselors, and clinicians
—Juvenile justice workers

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