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 was sponsored by The Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund. The program directors include Kevin Barrows, MD, Osher Center Director of Mindfulness Programs; Margaret Chesney, PhD, Director of the Osher Center; and Forest Fein, MA. The program initially launched in 2013, with three classes in 2014, and more planned for 2015, sponsored by the UCSF Mount Zion Health Fund.

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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