Youth Programs

The truth is, adolescents 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 hampertheir 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 youthwith cognitive development, once they step outside the classroom they face challenges where knowing the square root of pi cannot help. Our evidence-based program for youth, The Mindfulness Ambassador Council (The MAC), changes that story.

The MAC addresses social and emotional skills youthneed for the challenges and opportunities they face outside school walls. By creating space for personal reflection and the development of human potential, the MAC helpsprogram participants forge deeper connections to themselves and everyone around them. Through active experiential learning, participants are encouraged to ask questions to explore their inherent wisdom and develop personal resources tohelp prepare them for a future as knowledgeable, responsible and caring citizens.

How To Get Started

Complete our in-school facilitation training and bring our evidence-based program to your classroom.

Register for our online workshops and get certified as a MAC program facilitator

Listen to our free podcast to strengthen your present-moment awareness and focus.

Complete our in-school facilitation training and bring our evidence-based program to your classroom.
Register for our online workshops and get certified as a MAC program facilitator
Listen to our free podcast to strengthen your present-moment awareness and focus.

MAC Global – For Mainstream

Our programs come in different packages because kids learn differently. The MAC Global 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 MAC 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.

MAC Global Curriculum Sampler

MAC Interactive – For Alternative Learning Styles

The MAC Interactive (MAC-i) is a series of 8- theme based lessons and secular mindfulness practices for individuals with alternative learning styles. Through the council process, students 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 them 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.

MAC-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 Council program for secondary school students. This study examined the outcomes participation in the Mindfulness Ambassador Council 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 Students 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