Youth Programs

Are you a professional supporting young people? Are you looking for activities that strengthen their mental health and well-being? If so, our Mindfulness Ambassador Program for youth may be the perfect match.

The truth is, young people are mostly on their own to manage the emotional ups and downs of human development just when everything is in flux for them: self-image, relationships, career prospects, outlook on community and the world. That in turn can hamper their preparedness for the demands of the real world and, in some cases, places them at risk for more serious outcomes such as difficulty managing their emotions and behavior, depression, substance abuse, and social isolation.While the education system helps youth with cognitive development, once they step outside the classroom they face challenges where knowing the square root of pi cannot help. Our evidence-based curriculum for youth, The Mindfulness Ambassador program, changes that story.

Through a series of interactive activities, young people learn the soft skills they need to address the challenges and opportunities they face outside school walls. By creating space for personal reflection and the development of human potential, program participants forge deeper connections to themselves and everyone around them. Through active experiential learning, they are encouraged to ask questions, to explore their inherent wisdom and develop personal resources to help prepare them for a future as knowledgeable, responsible and caring citizens.

How To Get Started

Invite our faculty to host a customized workshop at your school, health facility or community organization.

Complete our in-school facilitator certification and bring our evidence-based program to your classroom.

Register for our online workshops and get certified as a Mindful Ambassador program facilitator.

Listen to our free podcast to help develop your personal mindfulness practice.

Invite our faculty to host a customized workshop at your school, health facility or community organization.
Complete our in-school facilitator certification and bring our evidence-based program to your classroom.
Register for our online workshops and get certified as a Mindful Ambassador program facilitator.
Listen to our free podcast to help develop your personal mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness Ambassador: Global

Our programs come in different packages because kids learn differently. The Mindfulness Ambassador  – Global edition is a series of 12 theme-based lessons for mainstream students that address the soft skills they need to regulate emotions, think critically, act compassionately and walk away as ambassadors for social change. Essentially, the program seeds cross-cultural conversations that establish a common language based on sharing, modeling and practicing 12 core competencies and secular mindfulness practices that help young people access the wisdom within themselves and within the group and grow as self-aware, articulate and caring citizens.

MA Global Curriculum Sampler

Mindfulness Ambassador Interactive –

The Mindfulness Ambassador  – Interactive edition  is a series of 8- theme based lessons and secular mindfulness practices for young people with alternative learning styles. Through a shared learning environment, they develop more thoughtful speaking and listening skills, and build higher levels of self-acceptance. Shorter lesson plans, videos and interactive activities have been created to help program participants optimize learning while strengthening attention and goal-setting skills. In these lessons, participants also learn to deal with strong emotions through more effective communication, and find it easier and more enjoyable to connect with their communities.

MA-Interactive Curriculum Sampler



Research Findings

In 2012, the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work explored the benefits and limitations of the Mindfulness Ambassador program for secondary school students. This study examined the outcomes participation in the Mindfulness Ambassador program had on students’ academic motivation, self-management, levels of stress and anxiety and socio-emotional learning. Researchers used a mixed-method research design to gather qualitative data from focus groups, and quantitative data from pre-post questionnaires using standardized scales to gauge the program impact.

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MAC Learning Objectives

  • Build Focus and Concentration
  • Regulate Emotions and Behavior
  • Manage Stress and Anxiety
  • Build a Daily Breathing Practice
  • Strengthen Communication Skills
  • Foster Peer-to-Peer Connections
  • Build Empathy & Compassion
  • Develop Resilience

What People Say

"Since I joined the Mindfulness Ambassador Council, I have been mindful about the circumstances around me and the way I listen and interact with others – the two things I can do to make a difference in my community."
Mindfulness Ambassador, Student Participant, Nigeria
"The MAC program teaches some of the most fundamental human skills; kindness, awareness and compassion towards self and others. For our particular group of students who often experience difficulties with attention and regulating emotion, the mindfulness practices are extremely helpful. It has become an important part of our school’s culture."
Kaili Glennon, Educator and Volunteer Coordinator YMCA Academy, Toronto