MindUP was founded in 2003 by Academy Award-winning actress, writer and producer, Goldie Hawn. Faced with the alarming rise in mental health issues affecting children, and seeing that schools were underprepared to address these issues, Goldie answered a call to action. She gathered together neuroscientists, psychologists and educators to create MindUP. Today, MindUP is one of the most well-researched and evidence-based programs impacting children’s mental health.
MindUP operates three major hubs in the US, UK, and Canada. To-date, MindUP has impacted nearly 6 million children and trained over 150,000 teachers. The program has reached schools in 13 countries, including US, Canada, UK, Finland, Ireland, Venezuela, Uganda, Portugal, Serbia, Jordan, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand.
MindUP’s signature program is an acclaimed classroom-based curriculum, spanning ages 3-14. Published by Scholastic, this 15-lesson series is based on four pillars: neuroscience, socio-emotional learning (SEL), positive psychology and mindful awareness. The core of MindUP includes the following: •Lessons on the brain and how it influences a child’s thoughts, emotions, reactions, and behaviours •“Brain Breaks,” which help students focus on their breath, calm their thoughts and prepare their minds to be present in the moment •Lessons on mindful practices, which help children focus and reflect •Lessons on exploration of different perspectives, which fosters the development of pro-social behaviours such as empathy and compassion •Lessons that promote mindful action in the community through expressions of gratitude, acts of kindness and community service
MindUP is accredited by CASEL, the world’s leading organisation dedicated to advancing social-emotional learning. MindUP is a CASEL-SELect program; these heavily vetted programs are based on the inclusion of the five competencies: self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, and social awareness.