WHY WE DO IT
To foster children’s well-being through educational programs based in neuroscience and mindful practice.
Based firmly in neuroscience, MindUP teaches the skills and knowledge children need to regulate their stress and emotion, form positive relationships, and act with kindness and compassion.
Simple to implement and evidence-based, MindUP is built upon four pillars to promote positive mental health and well-being.
The field of neuroscience seeks to understand the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. In MindUP, students learn about the concept of neuroplasticity, and how their brain regulates emotions.
Positive psychology is the study of the strengths that contribute to individual and community thriving and well-being. MindUP infuses evidence-based strategies from the field of positive psychology to help students thrive, and bolster their well-being.
Mindful awareness – Mindfulness – is an intentional non-judgmental awareness of the present moment, and has been linked with multiple indicators of well-being. Mindfulness can be fostered via practice. In MindUP, students learn and practice mindful awareness to develop focused attention, emotional balance, and well-being.
Social emotional learning (SEL) refers to how individual acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors needed to develop the skills for self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. MindUP offers students explicit SEL instruction and opportunities to practice developing SEL skills through active learning.
When I began The Goldie Hawn Foundation in 2003 I knew that I had to do something to remedy the stress and anxiety children were experiencing. Every child deserves an equal chance to thrive, and so together with researchers, scientists, and educators I created the MindUP program.
Goldie Hawn, Founder of The Goldie Hawn Foundation