Tuesday was the beginning of something historic for our students, educators, entire school communities and beyond as we this week marked the kickoff of this year’s collaborative Peaceful Warrior Program, sponsored by the Golden State Warriors and Adobe! Our first week we featured two wonderful schools from Northern California, Costaño School of the Arts in Palo Alto and Starlight Elementary in Watsonville, California! They kicked off our inaugural sessions on the right foot!
MLP will collaborate with The Peaceful Warriors Program in creating and delivering four extremely engaging assemblies to launch this transformative multi-month experience: Assemblies will include a mindfulness intro, mindfulness practices, engaging skits where students and schools will see what mindfulness looks like in action, and mindful hip-hop performances from the Mindful Life Project team. Each school will be provided one of MLP’s Hip-Hop songs with the video for them that has all the lyrics. They will be asked to learn the song with their teachers and record themselves or their classes singing it so that in the culmination event we can do a montage video of each school doing their song for the other schools to watch and celebrate!
This program was designed with the main purpose to inspire wellness for elementary-aged students through creativity and self-expression. Upon its creation in 2017, the initial concept of the Peaceful Warriors Summit (as part of the Not on Our Ground program) was centered around anti-bullying and anti-violence, as the program was concentrated on educating youth on the causes, impact, and solutions of bullying and violence. As we shift our focus to meet the current needs of students, we are pivoting towards wellness as a whole, and using art as a creative outlet for self-expression, peaceful communication, and social emotional learning.
2020 has proven to be a year of uncertainty and seemingly limitless challenges. Peaceful Warriors intends to be socially responsive to the needs of students, educators, and families in Bay Area underserved communities. The overarching goal of Peaceful Warriors is to inspire, empower, and equip young people with the tools to thrive in challenging social circumstances through creativity while simultaneously fostering a nurturing and holistic approach to uplift and transform school culture to become an inclusive, safe, supportive, and creative environment for all!
We are so excited for this powerful opportunity to not only partner with such prestigious organizations, but most importantly, the chance to increase awareness to the countless benefits everyday mindfulness practices can have! So much gratitude for our partners, our staff and each & every school community we work with!
Stay tuned to see which school & activities are being highlighted next week!