For Youth

Awaken Pittsburgh offers programming in two well researched and tested mindfulness-based curricula:


Path of Freedom Curriculum

Path of Freedom ® is a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence (MBEI) model for at-risk and incarcerated youth and adult prisoners developed by Kate Crisp and Fleet Maull. The curriculum we use includes training in: mindfulness meditation, emotional intelligence, communication, conflict resolution, and various resourcing and resiliency building skills. Participants develop greater self-awareness, improved impulse control, and greater social awareness which will give them a new positive vision for their lives.  The program is presented in a non-sectarian manner and is open to participants of any faith and/or those who do not identify with a particular faith tradition. The curriculum has received very positive reviews from experts in the corrections field.


.b Curriculum

.b is a fun, engaging and useful ten-session mindfulness course for young people, adapted from the adult courses Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. It has been evaluated positively by the University of Cambridge and Oxford Brookes, and can be used in a wide range of contexts and age ranges.

.b aims to give students mindfulness as a life-skill. Students use it …

  • to feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled
  • to get along better with others
  • to help them concentrate and learn better
  • to help cope with stress and anxiety.

To maximize the impact of .b on students and on school culture, in addition the classroom curriculum, the complete .b package could include:

  • a lecture for parents
  • a two-hour mindfulness workshop for teachers and staff

The .b classroom program can also be offered alone to accommodate time and budget constraints.

For more information on the .b program go to:  https://mindfulnessinschools.org/