Health & Wellness Created

#257 Replacing Detention with Meditation in Public Schools

Baltimore students who act out in school often don't have access to resources that will allow them to process their frustrations and reflect on their behavior. To combat this Robert W. Coleman Elementary School created a "Mindful Moment Room" — a safe space where disruptive students that might otherwise be sent to detention or suspended can go to breathe, meditate, and reflect on their actions. This initiative has been very successful at Coleman, as well as at Patterson High School. https://www.cnn.com/2016/11/04/health/meditation-in-schools-baltimore/index.html

Location

City-wide

Timeline

Jul 5, 2020

Today

Sep 25, 2019

Created

Mar 10, 2020

Created

Why it matters

Because children need to be taught how to process their feelings in a healthy way. All Baltimore public schools could benefit from the implementation of mindfulness practices and meditation classes, but schools may not have the funding to access these resources or may not be aware that they exist.

What does "good" look like?

Good looks like connecting schools with the resources they need in order to implement mindfulness initiatives of their own. Organizations like the Holistic Life Foundation currently provide yoga, mindfulness, and breath work trainings to students in numerous schools across Baltimore. We need to connect schools with these organizations and empower schools to use their services to improve the health and wellness of Baltimore's youth.

How could technology solve this?

An app could: outline various Baltimore-based mindfulness organizations that provide services to schools, and offer easy ways for schools to connect with them; provide a FAQ page with information on how to implement mindfulness initiatives at your school; connect teachers and administrators at interested schools with a "buddy" from a school that already has a mindfulness initiative; and allow community members to donate money to "sponsor a school."