Mindfulness for Urban Youth

The UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, in partnership with Larkin Street Youth Services, is offering innovative mindfulness programs for at-risk and homeless youth. In 2013, the partnership launched with a 7-week/14-class intensive mindfulness program. Due to the success of the program and increased demand, additional 7-week programs have been offered, as well as new programs, including a 6-month Mindfulness and Yoga program, which is part of the Larkin Street Youth Services’ College and Career Readiness Learning Centers, and weekly drop-in mindfulness and yoga classes at various Larkin Street locations throughout San Francisco.

These programs were designed and developed specifically for this population by the instructor, Forest Fein, MA. The program directors are Kevin Barrows, MD, Osher Center’s Director of Mindfulness Programs and Forest Fein, MA. We are very grateful to both the founding sponsor for this program, The Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund and the current sponsor, the UCSF Mount Zion Health Fund.

Video about our Mindfulness for Urban Youth program

Forest Fein on “Let’s Get Street Smart: Yoga and Mindfulness”

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 (from around 3:10 – 3:37).

Participant Quotes:

“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.”


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