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MindUP is a CASEL SELect ProgramMindUP is a CASEL SELect Program

All children in the world are our most precious resource for a happier, healthier tomorrow. They deserve all we can give them to thrive and succeed in this world.

We believe that our young people deserve an inclusive world of kindness, love, joy, respect, equality and one that promotes interconnectivity to all humanity. Systemic racism has created injustices, and when our communities struggle, our children struggle as well. Our MindUP family believes that together we promote an equitable and inclusive world bringing us all together as one.

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.

Our mission

“MindUP reinforces the enjoyment and impact of the experience of learning.”

Daniel J. Siegel, MD

Simple to implement and evidence-based, MindUP is built upon four pillars to promote positive mental health and well-being.

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    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.

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    Positive Psychology

    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.

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    Mindful Awareness

    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.

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    Social-Emotional Learning

    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

Meet the foundation

  • This has filled the void in a very different way than a counseling program or similar character education type of program! Thank you MindUP!

    Meridian World School
    Round Rock, TX

  • MindUP helps my faculty members to relieve stress and anxiety both in their lives and the lives of their students.

    Young Men's Preparatory Academy
    Miami, FL

  • I would have no hesitation in recommending MindUP to other headteachers, the training and resources provided by the Hawn Foundation is excellent

    Head Teacher
    Little Ealing Primary School
    London, UK

  • As well as having huge impact in school, it has been amazing to have parents come to us and ask about mindful breathing as children have gone home and told their parents about 'the breath'. When this work transfers into home lives it becomes even more important

    Young Men's Preparatory Academy
    Miami, FL

Evidence indicates MindUP's positive impact on a range of measures:

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    Children report being able to boost their well-being by using MindUP.

  • 88%

    Children who, after learning MindUP, use it at home.

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    Children indicate improvements in pro-social behaviours.

Maloney, J. E., Lawlor, M. S., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Whitehead, J. (2016). A mindfulness-based social and emotional learning curriculum for school-aged children: The MindUP program. In K. A. Schonert-Reichl & R. W. Roeser (Eds.), Mindfulness in education: Integrating theory and research into practice (pp. 313 – 334). New York, NY: Springer.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) provides a foundation for safe and positive schooling, and enhances a child's ability for success in learning and in life.

Our research