Mindfulness for Urban Youth
The UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is partnering with Larkin Street Youth Services to offer intensive seven-week mindfulness trainings for urban youth. This program was designed and developed specifically for this group by the instructor, Forest Fein, MA, and the program directors are Kevin Barrows, MD, Osher Center Director of Mindfulness Programs and Forest Fein, MA. The program initially launched with one class in 2013, and due to increased demand, it has subsequently increased to three classes per year. The founding sponsor for this program was The Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund, and the current sponsor is the UCSF Mount Zion Health Fund.
Larkin Street has also created a video that includes their client Yossi talking about the impact the mindfulness program and instructor Forest Fein, MA have had on him (approximately midway through the video).
“I’ve been able to have self-love, which is something I have never in my whole life been able to do — to say to myself, ‘May you be calm, may you be peaceful,’ and really appreciate myself.”
“Before I joined the class, I was going through a lot. I was having insomnia problems, and I was going through depression. [The class] has been helping me — I have been sleeping regularly, and I haven’t had insomnia throughout the seven weeks.”