Our digitized mental health program, Mind Body Matters, promotes awareness about the impact emotional trauma can have on the physical—as well as mental—well-being of girls, families, and communities. This program is a toolkit for delivering mental health programming to girls ages 10 - 18. Facilitators teach a culturally responsive and evidence-based curriculum that focuses on the wellness of both the mind and the body, and teaches the building blocks of trauma-informed coping strategies through four pillars of care:
1. Mindfulness: Students learn how to be present in the moment while calmly acknowledging our thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations without judgment. They practice mindfulness through breathing, meditation, guided visualizations, grounding exercises, and exploring the five senses.
2. Movement: Students work to increase body awareness and body gratitude through movement-based activities such as yoga, dance, stretching, and exercise.
3. Creativity: Students utilize art-based, hands-on activities to learn how to explore their identity and express their feelings through creative outlets.
4. Connection: Students learn to build a system of support by exploring healthy relationships, developing helpful communication strategies, and connecting with one another in positive ways.
The program breaks down stigma and misconceptions about mental health to create a safe environment for students to share and process their emotions and seek help if mental health challenges arise.
Amplifying the program
Aside from delivering the program directly to students, we also provide educators throughout NYC with the tools to create a safe space for students to connect and grow through our Signature Program Training Institute.